Front of House
- By enclosing the colonnade we have created a new main entrance with level access and more space for our thousands of visitors each year.
- By opening up the currently under-used Georgian staircase we have made it easier for audiences to access the main auditorium from both sides.
- The new colonnade provides space for an improved café/bistro/bar service with free Wi-Fi and power sockets.
- The whole theatre has been made more accessible with a lift in the foyer giving access to the Dress Circle, where we have provided six new spaces for wheelchair users in addition to those in the Stalls.
- Improved sound separation between the theatre spaces and foyer means that our café, bar and bistro are in use throughout the day, making the theatre the perfect place to meet, or just relax all day (and evening) long.
- There are better toilet facilities in all parts of our building.
- An improved auditorium offers a better experience for audiences and actors.
- Re-tiered seating in the stalls improves sightlines and offers exceptional views from all levels of the auditorium.
- New seats, including new individual seats in the Gallery, offer a far more comfortable experience for our audiences.
- Flattening and installing a new flexible stage system allows us to create new, innovative and exciting work.
York Conservation Trust additional works
- Complete replacement of the entire roof on a hugely impressive scale; the site spans roughly half an acre and is composed of over 30 different roof slopes, containing unusual details and geometries. Some roofs slope at 60 degrees and others are perfectly flat. The amount of roofing materials for one project is unprecedented and includes slate, lead, copper, zinc, felt, asphalt, GRP and Sika liquid plastic.
- Installation of 31 new round roof lights to the 1967 Atrium. These are based on the original Patrick Gwynne design and include LED perimeter lighting.
- Renewal of the entrance canopy with a stunning new design that uses contemporary materials that evolve the original concept by Gwynne to make it suitable for the 21st century.
- Improvements to thermal efficiency including installation of insulation to all pitched roofs.
- Renewal of the haystack smoke ventilation system to improve ventilation rates and make this fully operational.
- Rationalisation of roof drainage to remove internal gutters and complete renewal of rainwater goods.