The cranes have gone!
Deputy Project Manager
- 25 January 2006
We had the last big crane movement on site today putting the air handling equipment on the roof of the new theatre. This means we can now start installing the air conditioning. It’s a massive system that moves air very, very slowly to keep noise to a minimum.
Inside the auditorium all the steel work and lining is finished so all the floors are now in place and work has begun on cladding the structure. The cladding is 40mm thick plywood and will make sure the structure feels really solid.
Inside the foyer is a sea of toilets waiting to be installed in the new toilet blocks – there’ll be about 30 loos in the new theatre.
Work has been completed on the lift shaft. This is the first time The Other Place building has had a lift and is part of an extensive overhaul of the existing building’s access. The lift will stay as a permanent feature when the Courtyard Theatre is dismantled and the TOP returns as the studio theatre.
We’ve been doing a lot of site visits for the staff who are going to take over the operational running of the building. We’re working out the audience management plan to make sure that the influx of people to the new theatre works smoothly and doesn’t disturb the residents who live nearby, a crucial part of the project.