|Hammersmith Apollo Set to Have Major Facelift|
Including external works, new lighting, seating and new facilities for wheelchair users
Hammersmith's most famous venue, the Apollo is to receive a major facelift, including lighting, seating and additional facilities for wheelchair users.
H & F Council have approved an application by the owners of the owners, AEG Live Europe for alterations to the Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in Queen Caroline Street, including:
* external works comprising of repair and restoration of windows and brickwork
* internal alterations comprising of the replacement of existing bars and box office counters
* redecoration, new lighting, new seating, and access improvements comprising of additional wheelchair spaces within the auditorium and a new accessible WC.
The improvements have been designed by architects Foster Wilson who say in their Design and Access statement: "As new owners of the Apollo Hammersmith, AEG Live and CTS are respectful of the building’s heritage, Grade II* Listing and therefore its local and national importance.
" They are therefore keen to respect and protect the building, however they are also firmly of the view that the building has been neglected and under invested, with a series of poorly considered and short term additions and alterations which have compromised the look and feel and, in some parts, the fabric of the structure.
" We foresee the key benefits as follows:
The architects add: " For a major entertainment venue of this kind it is difficult and financially
" AEG/CTS therefore reserve the right to phase the works, as necessary, to minimise closure periods and spread the costs over more than one financial year."
The Hammersmith Apollo Theatre was building in 1932 as The Gaumont Palace Theatre. The original architect was Robert Cromie and the building is listed Grade II*. With a seating capacity of 3,500, it is one of London’s largest theatres.
June 14, 2013