Faithful+Gould Appointed on Restoration Scheme

Danielle Wynn
A trio of contractors have been appointed for the Devonshire Park development marking another step forward for the £35million project.

Faithful+Gould has been chosen as lead consultant, project manager, heritage consultant and quantity surveyor on the restoration of the Congress Theatre facade which involves the sensitive installation of specialist glazing and replacement of window frames at the Grade II* listed venue.

The consultant is working with English Heritage to ensure that significant repairs needed to the facade are in keeping with the original 1963 style, and that existing support columns will remain and be protected. Work is due to start in August and will be completed in spring 2015. The theatre will remain open while the repairs are carried out.

"This project is all about tackling the urgent repairs needed to the facade of this modernist theatre and retaining the building's original aesthetics while also improving the internal environment of the foyer..."

Richard Stocking, Faithful+Gould's Principle Conservation Surveyor and Lead Consultant

Richard Stocking, principal conservation surveyor and lead consultant at Faithful+Gould, said: "This project is all about tackling the urgent repairs needed to the facade of this modernist theatre and retaining the building's original aesthetics while also improving the internal environment of the foyer so that it is warmer in winter and cooler in summer. With the building having been shrouded in scaffolding for so long, it will be great to start work on it soon and then deliver it back to the public next year.”

Previous projects involving Faithful+Gould include the University of Leicester – David Wilson Library and the London Borough of Waltham Forest – William Morris Gallery.

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