Latest photos from inside our transformed venue
With just two months to go until we open our transformed venue on 30 November 2023, we’ve captured a glimpse of the final stages of the construction before we unveil the once-in-a-generation building transformation.
Willmott Dixon, our construction partners, have also just passed the incredible milestone of one million hours worked on the construction since it began in 2018.
In July alone, over 40,500 hours were worked, with 28 different sub-contracting firms on the site and a total headcount of around 250 people on site every day – supporting a whole range of activities including brickwork, carpentry, electrics, plastering, flooring, acoustics, fire protection, waterproofing, cleaning, organ installation and restaurant fit out.
Today it is one month and three weeks before the reopening, and in this exclusive behind the scenes look you can get of a sense of how the performances spaces are moments away from the first notes of live music.
Lantern Hall, our smaller performance space, is almost complete and we’re applying the finishing touches. The ventilation systems are installed, the seating is in, and the decorations complete.
Hanging from the ceiling are large metal trusses to hold light and sound equipment. The floor is currently covered up, but was re-laid earlier this year using wood repurposed from Beacon Hall.
The Victorian column fixtures have been repainted and the masonry carefully restored.
The Lantern & Restaurant
The historic Lantern space – what will be the new bar area and public atrium – has been fitted out with a new floor, bar, lighting and specially commissioned tiled artwork by Giles Round.
The Victorian skylight above allows light from outside to flood the space where it feels warm and welcoming.
Next door, the restaurant install is taking place with catering equipment being installed and restored chandeliers from the 1951 main auditorium taking pride of place in the new space.
Close up of the decorative tiles created by Giles Round, one of the public artworks commissioned as part of our transformation.
Giles’ intricate tile arrangements feature on the lower level of The Lantern where a bar will be located.
Beacon Hall, our largest performance space, has been completely transformed into a world-class modern concert hall. This is the view from the stage looking towards the back of the hall.
Two tiers of seating line the sides and back of the auditorium. The wooden squares attached to the front of the balconies are another acoustic measure, carefully designed to create the best sound experience possible.
Weston Stage is an exciting and versatile performance space located underground in the Cellars. Next door to the performance space around new production and recording facilities.
These spaces are virtually completely ready to welcome hundreds of young musicians each week in what will be one of the country’s leading music education centres.
You’re invited to celebrate!