Royal Transformation Project plans
Funding experts
at Focus Consultants are celebrating the news that one of the East Midlands’
key arts and entertainment centres has been successful in securing £1.5m from
the Arts Council England.
The grant,
along with £1.8m from Nottingham City Council, will support the £3.3m Royal
Transformation Project being planned by Nottingham’s Theatre Royal and Royal
Concert Hall.
Focus, which is
based in the city, worked alongside the Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
team to create the masterplan to develop the two venues, and more recently has
been the project
manager, quantity surveyor and business planner for the successful Arts Council
England Round 2 application.
Sanderson, managing director for the venue, said: “We are so delighted in this
vote of confidence from the Arts Council England and from Nottingham City
Council. I would also like to thank Marsh Grochowski Architects and Focus
Consultants who led the professional team, for their expertise, advice and
support throughout the bid process.”
Focus, which is based at Phoenix
Business Park, Nottingham, and has offices in London, Leicester, and Boston and
Aubourn in Lincolnshire, specialises in creative approaches to securing funding
packages and delivering high quality projects across the UK. Since its creation
in 1994, Focus has helped to secure more than £953 million of grant assistance
for a range of projects and businesses across the UK and delivered more than
£1.3 billion of projects and programmes – making it one of the most successful
companies of its kind.
Focus Partner Steven Fletcher said: “The
ambitious programme of building and development works for the Royal Concert
Hall and the Theatre Royal is designed to ensure the sustainable future of two of
the largest arts and entertainment venues in the East Midlands, and we are very
pleased to hear that the Arts Council England Round 2 bid has been successful,
paving the way for phase one of the work to begin this summer.”
The Royal
Transformation Project aims to increase daytime use of the venues by improving
facilities and underused spaces such as meeting rooms, foyer spaces, the café
bar and roof terraces.  The project will also see accessibility
improvements to ensure that the new facilities can be used by everyone.
Developments include improving the
building façade and streetscape on South Sherwood Street by creating a striking
two-storey canopy and a new entrance way to both the Theatre Royal and the
Royal Concert Hall, remodelling the Box Office and Royal Concert Hall entrance
foyer, refurbishing
the Royal Concert Hall foyer bars and repositioning the foyer kiosk, enlarging
and improving the Theatre Royal’s ground floor café bar and upper floor roof
terraces to provide a better dining experience throughout the day, and creating
a new street-level outdoor seating and performance area under cover of the new
canopy on South Sherwood Street.

Work will take
place in two phases – phase 1 during summer and autumn 2016 and Phase 2 during
summer and autumn 2017. 
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