Victoria Palace Theatre Refurbishment, London

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Architect
Aedas Arts Team

Structural Engineer
Conisbee

Steelwork Contractor
SDM Fabrication Ltd

Main Contractor
8Build Ltd

Client
Delfont Mackintosh

The Grade II listed Victoria Palace Theatre has been remodelled and refurbished to ensure that it remains a prominent part of London’s West End theatre scene for years to come.

The main objectives were to maximise the potential of the stage and fly tower, extend the back-of-house facilities, improve the comfort of the auditorium to seat 1,528 and maximise the amount of front-of-house areas, whilst maintaining the building’s historic features.

The structural works included installing a 6m wide by 26m high extension to the fly tower, extending the east wing, and strengthening works throughout the existing building.

Judges’ Comment

The remodelling of the theatre has been extremely challenging, ensuring that it will remain a prominent venue for years to come. The whole team has worked in a truly collaborative manner, that was essential due to the evolving design. Steelwork was key to dealing with the many logistical construction challenges due to limited space and access.