How time flies. Construction of the new Everyman on Hope Street will commence on Monday (November 28), with contractors Gilbert-Ash taking over the site from Sloyan Doyle, who have handled the deconstruction of the building since its summer closure.
Gilbert-Ash has a reputation for their theatres and arts buildings, and recently completed projects include the new Lyric Theatre, Belfast and the Grand Opera House, Belfast — and the Everyman will be constructed by the same team. Other recent landmark projects include St Andrews University Library and a new state-of-the-art archive facility for the British Film Institute.
Designed by architects Haworth Tompkins and described by Liverpool City Council leader Joe Anderson as “a vital redevelopment for the city’s future”, the new Everyman is supported by Arts Council England, Northwest Regional Development Agency and European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and remains on schedule for completion in late 2013.
Deborah Aydon, executive director of the Everyman and Playhouse Theatres said: “We are very grateful to Sloyan Doyle for their work on the deconstruction, which was extremely well-run and, above all, sensitively handled. As the exciting construction phase begins, we are thrilled to be working with Gilbert-Ash on the new Everyman. Having seen the exceptional quality of their work at the Lyric, and discussed our project with them at length, we know they will produce a beautiful and inspiring new theatre for Liverpool.”
The Everyman redevelopment is being documented in many ways, including via a webcam which has been providing real-time footage and time-lapse pictures of the site since June thanks to NW Systems. The live webcam feed can be viewed on the Everyman and Playhouse website at http://www.everymanplayhouse.com/Content/Home/AboutUs/NewEveryman/LiveCam.aspx