We've reached a major milestone in the Transformation project, with the building achieving ‘practical completion.' This is an important stage as it marks the completion of the core construction work and the beginning of the internal fit-out and training for staff.
Although we have finished and tested all of the building's main systems, such as fire alarms, heating and ventilation, as well as doors, windows, floors, walls and other finishes, there's still a lot to do inside the building, which will remain a construction site for many more weeks.
Although a large number of contractors have now left the site, there are still many specialists on site, helping us with everything that is needed to make the interior a working theatre again, such as the fit-out in the kitchen, shop, box office and all of the technical areas.
Preparations are being made for the building's occupation by staff later in the year, such as the installation of tables, chairs and office furniture, and staff will need to be trained in how to operate the building in advance of its re-opening.
External works will take place until the autumn, including in the area that once housed the construction site offices, and the hoardings will stay in place until October.
We're very much looking forward to opening the doors to the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres for a series of preview events and activities in November and welcoming people back to experience our new home in advance of the first performances in both theatres from February / March 2010.
Details of the re-opening schedule are still being put together and will be announced in the early autumn.Updates on key developments inside the building will be posted on our website, and you can also follow our progress on Facebook and Twitter, as we move closer to having a completed building and a new home in Stratford-upon-Avon.