Lancaster Grand

New Foyer

 

 New Foyer Update January 2018

The new design

A stunning new design has been agreed.  The computer generated image shows what it will look like which is in a different league to the original “glass box” concept of 2008.  It is larger and has much improved fire safety features with its “protected” fire exit staircase from the circle.  It also has an enclosed wheelchair lift from the ground floor to the lower circle, a coffee bar, alcohol bar at street level and a new box office at street level and a studio theatre on the second floor.  The design gives us much more flexibility in the use of the building and provides opportunities to generate additional income streams with the aim of improving our long term viability.  

To date, we have raised £½ million towards the proposed new foyer helped by a generous donation in a legacy from a supporter of the Grand Theatre. This has greatly increased our chances of securing the estimated £1.5 million needed to build it.

Detailed design is now well underway with the target of submitting a planning application early in 2018. Ground investigations took place on 20th December 2017 to allow detailed foundation design to be completed.  Following planning permission, a major fund raising drive will begin and assuming we have raised the additional £1.5million by then, we have set the summer shut down of 2020 as our target date to start the work to minimise programme disruption.