Novus Property Solutions is about to commence work on a multi-million pound project to transform the iconic Tamworth Assembly Rooms into a modern theatre.
The £4.8m makeover is part of the wider Enterprise Quarter project, a joint initiative between Tamworth Borough Council and Staffordshire County Council, funded by Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent LEP’s Single Local Growth Fund (£2.95m), the Heritage Lottery Fund (£903,400), Arts Council England (£365,000) and Tamworth Borough Council.
Over the next 14 months, Novus will be refurbishing, extending and modernising the historic building. Accessibility will be enhanced with a new access ramp outside and an improved layout throughout and the current tiered seating will be replaced with new retractable seating to create a contemporary and flexible theatre space. Although the theatre is being significantly refurbished and updated, its ornate historic features will be conserved and the new extension has been carefully designed to complement the character of the existing building.
Dean Povey, Operations Manager for Novus, said: “The Assembly Rooms are an iconic part of Tamworth’s history and landscape. We’re looking forward to working closely with Tamworth Borough Council to bring the theatre up to date for the 21st Century while ensuring it remains true to its heritage. Our team are all highly experienced in working with historic listed buildings like the Assembly Rooms and are committed to delivering a high quality of finish.”
David Frost CBE, Chairman of the Staffordshire and Stoke LEP, added: “The refurbishment of the Assembly Rooms is an important step forward in the transformation of Tamworth. Creating a vibrant and attractive town centre will increase visitor numbers, boost the local economy and create jobs, benefitting both Tamworth and the wider area.”
Other members of the project team, pictured above, include Brownhill Hayward Brown Architects, who have worked on the designs for the landmark building, and the whole project is being managed by Rider Levett Bucknall UK.