Team to explore Liverpool Playhouse refurb

Architects Haworth Tompkins will lead a multidisciplinary project team tasked with weighing up options to refurbish the 156-year-old theatre and protect it for generations to come.

Haworth Tompkins will work alongside Liverpool-based architecture studio MGMA, theatre consultant Charcoalblue, landscape architect Layer Studio, and local engagement expert Placed, to draw up a capital feasibility study for a potential refurbishment.

The team has been appointed by the Liverpool Playhouse in partnership with Liverpool City Council, Liverpool City Region, and Liverpool Business Improvement District, following a competitive tender process that involved submitting early-stage drawings of what a refurbished theatre could look like.

Located on Williamson Square in Liverpool city centre, the grade two-listed theatre has been entertaining audiences since it opened as a music hall in 1866 and is regarded as a cultural gem of local and national significance. It developed into a repertory theatre in 1911, and a modernist extension was made in 1968.

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