Fitzgerald (Civil Engineer Contractors)

01/02/11 - £1.5m revamp to Royal Shakespeare Theatre

Midlands based civil engineers Fitzgerald Contractors have recently completed £1.5m hard and soft landscaping works for the Royal Shakespeare Company

Fitzgerald were appointed to undertake work to transform the 1932 Royal Shakespeare Theatre but retain the key Art Deco and Victorian elements of the building. The hard and soft landscaping includes remedial works to the existing retaining walls using specialist heritage brickwork, this compliments the existing structure which has been left to provide the public with a combination of historical architecture and sympathetic contemporary designs. The surrounding hard landscaping consists of yorkstone and granite paving which includes steps and ramps, providing not only an improved “public realm” but improved disabled and push chair access. To complement these works, a wooden decked Riverside boardwalk has been constructed from sustainable sources.

Jonathon Fletcher, Business Development Manager, commented;

‘The Fitzgerald team are delighted to be involved in the external landscaping works to the grounds surrounding the theatre. The project has brought new access and picturesque walks to Stratford upon Avon for all the family to enjoy. ‘

Works also comprise of a new river side walk way to enable visitors to take advantage of the Theatre’s setting alongside the River Avon and provide people with the opportunity to walk from Clopton Bridge and past the recreation ground to the Holy Trinity Church, where Shakespeare is buried. The walkway will provide people with first hand experience of the beautiful settings of Stratford where William Shakespeare was born and lived.

Inside the theatre which seats over 1000 people artists and audiences will have best environment in which to perform and enjoy Shakespeare, including a new theatre tower with viewing platform, theatre square for outdoor performances, a linking foyer to join the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres and improved café, restaurant and toilet facilities.