REVAMP: Historic cinema redevelopment to begin this spring following capital kickstart award
Image: Hyde Park Picture House
Historic cinema redevelopment work on the Hyde Park Picture House is set to begin this April, thanks to a successful £285,
Combining vital restoration work with the creation of new accessible facilities, the cinema’s Picture House Project had been on pause for the past 10 months due to the pandemic but will now proc
The multi-million-pound scheme
Designed by award-winning architects Page\Park and engineering specialists Buro Happold, the project will take 13 months to complete and is being delivered by Triton Construction, with support from Gardiner & Theobald and Avison Young. During this time the Picture House will continue to screen films in venues across Leeds as part of its On the Road off-site film programme, which began last year but is currently on hold until restrictions ease.
Established to support capital projects which have been negatively affected by Covid-19, the Capital Kickstart Fund is administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media an
News of this funding follows a £2.3million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, awarded to the Picture House Project 2018, as well as crucial support from Leeds City Council, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the British Film Institute and others. Later this year the Picture House plans to launch a new community fundraising campaign, asking audiences to help raise the final amount required to complete the project.
Wendy Cook, Head of Cinema at the Hyde Park Picture House, said: “After a challenging period of prolon
"Not only will this project revitalize and safeguard a building that so many of us love, but it will allow the cinema to become a more inclusive venue, welcoming new audiences thanks to an expanded film programme, huge improvements to accessibility and new commu
Mark Johnston, Lead Architect at Page\Park, said: “Since we first began working with the cinema in 2016, we’ve come to learn why this little Edwardian Picture House is so cherished by so many.
"As architects who specialise in renewing heritage buildings
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