The Palace Theatre is in the heart of Newark. Built in the 1920s, this Grade II listed building has been both a theatre and a picture house over the years. With its new dramatic mix of modern and traditional styles, R G Carter rejuvenated the theatre front of house to create a focal point for tourism and culture in the town’s Appletongate.
The works comprised the alterations to/refurbishment of the existing foyer, ticket office, WC’s, bar, the conversion of a storage area into a commercial kitchen, together with new link structure to the neighbouring National Civil War Centre (NCWC) and works to the existing courtyard and external facades.
The new build section is a single storey, light weight structure linking the Theatre with the NCWC, creating a joint box office/ticketing area and is now Newark’s Visitor Information Centre.
The refurbishment works included re-wiring the existing electrical services installations, replacement new boilers and heating system, and new finishes to the affected areas. The alteration works comprised the creation of a chic bar and 60 cover café in the existing bar area; a forma store room under the theatres tiered seating has been transformed into a commercial kitchen to supply the cafe and neighbouring function room.
The work was completed over 3 phases, as per the theatres requirement, and was carefully programmed to accommodate all the performances the theatre continued to stage. This included their annual pantomime production which achieved record ticket sales going through the temporary box office we installed after phase 1 completion.
Our in-house specialist joinery company, Bullen Joinery, manufactured one single door to replace half of an existing mirrored pair, and then manufactured an oak set of double fire doors, side screens and windows.