Bristol Old Vic Refurbishment – The engineering challenges, Bristol

13 June, 2017 | 18:00 - 20:00

The Old Vic in Bristol.
The Old Vic in Bristol.

About this event

Richard Heath of Momentum will explore the Structural challenges in this remodelling of the Entrance Foyer which include a complicated timber diagrid over the foyer, alterations within a Grade I listed building and advice on intricate architectural metalwork detailing to expose structure, craftsmanship and the history of the building.

As well as being nationally recognised as one of the leading contemporary theatres, Bristol Old Vic is an essential part of British theatre history as the oldest working theatre in the country. In 2016 the theatre celebrated its 250th anniversary.

When opened in 1766, theatres were technically illegal, so the Old Vic had to disguise plays as concerts and was forced to hide its entrance from public sight. As part of the 250th Anniversary Celebrations, remodelling works are currently being undertaken to the Theatre's Entrance. This will transform the front of house spaces, create a new studio theatre, modern bar and restaurant facilities.

The works will also see the return of the Grade 1 listed Coopers' Hall to its original 18th century use as a 'Grand Hall' and the revealing of the Theatre Entrance to public view.

This talk is an update on the talk by the same speaker given to the local IStructE in November 2016.

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