The team behind Chester’s new theatre complex has released images of work progressing behind the hoardings that surround the site on Northgate Street.
Due to open in the autumn of 2016, the £37m centre will house a world class library, boutique cinema and state of the art theatre spaces.
Cabinet member for culture, leisure and well-being Louise Gittins said: “It’s a very exciting time for the project, these images reveal what the public can’t see happening behind the site walls, offering a rare glimpse of a building we hope they will all experience in the future.’
Scaffolding has recently been erected around the 1930s Odeon building to provide safe access for repointing works to the brick exterior and to act as ‘edge protection’ to enable the existing roof to be upgraded.
The combined length of the project’s scaffolding equates to more than 28,000 metres (over 17 miles) and if laid out in one long run it would be eight times the length of Chester City Walls.
The structural steel work has also progressed with the construction of the auditorium box (theatre space) which is now virtually complete.
The inside of the Odeon has been transformed with the removal of existing walls and the formation of new openings to create what will be the new library layout.
To find out more about RE:NEW the project transforming Chester’s Odeon here.