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Theatre Royal Glasgow Hailed by RIAS

1st July 2015

The redevelopment of the Theatre Royal Glasgow has become one of 12 successful schemes recognised by the RIAS (Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) as best representing contemporary architecture in Scotland.

Capita cost managed the work to dramatically improve the 19th-century theatre’s public spaces which involved the building of spacious foyers housing facilities including a new box office, better bars, new lifts, and a roof terrace.

Purpose-built education rooms, supported by The Robertson Trust, were created to provide much-needed space for education and outreach activity run by venue owners Scottish Opera and managers of the theatre The Ambassador Theatre Group.

The foyer building, designed by Glasgow architects Page \ Park, stands on the corner of Hope Street and Cowcaddens Road, and makes a new landmark of the previously unremarkable facade of the theatre.

Alongside the building work, a heritage project - supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund - shared the theatre's rich architectural and performance history which has helped shape the face of popular entertainment in Glasgow. Interactive touchscreens tell the story of the theatre from its early days staging variety shows, to life as the home of Howard and Wyndham (fathers of modern pantomime), the birthplace of Scottish Television, and its transformation from TV studio back to a theatre, becoming the performance home of Scottish Opera and Scottish Ballet.

The project was funded by the Scottish Government, Creative Scotland, Heritage Lottery Fund and Glasgow City Council, as well as a host of trusts and foundations, corporate supporters and donations from private individuals.

Two other projects cost managed by Capita’s Glasgow office - the Royal Scottish Conservatoire Spiers Lock Studio and the Glasgow Film Theatre – were also nominated at the awards.

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