4,000 capacity

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complex heritage

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full operator engagement

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project overview

The core passion and vision of the Client team is to take this iconic 1930 Bradford centric theatre from its current state of disrepair and regenerate its use into a vibrant and sustainable 4,000 capacity multi use venue.

The aspiration for the building, is that it should become a focal point for the City centre with a living presence and regular daytime as well as evening activity. The principal use of the auditorium is to present live performances, as well as a flexibility for conferences and other operational uses.

The design is to balance the requirements and functions of a modern space, albeit with a key sympathetic tilt towards its well established key heritage features. The project therefore is a complex amalgamation of demolition, restoration, refurbishment and new build to create a forward looking, attractive and flexible cultural venue.

A partnership has been struck with the NEC Group to aid in the design process, as well as manage and operate the theatre post completion, maximising through their core expertise, the ongoing use of the venue.

Novus’ involvement commenced at feasibility stage, setting out and driving the strategy in regard design, planning and stakeholder management. Furthermore, the ongoing focus towards the varying stages of striking a route to affordability, alongside the demolition/enabling works process and full liaison with the NEC as to incorporation of operator requirements. All undertaken throughout the varying preconstruction stages,