Stowmarket Town Council and Mid Suffolk District Council have worked in partnership to invest in the future of the Regal Theatre, creating a modern, attractive, affordable, and accessible entertainment venue.
Northmores were commissioned as Project Managers for the redevelopment of this iconic venue- which forms part of a series of strategic investments by the local authority, leading to a wide range of social, economic, and cultural benefits for the town.
First opened in 1936, the Regal Theatre holds a firm place in the heart of the Stowmarket community. Careful consideration was made to retain and improve the building’s art deco features while transforming the external appearance of the theatre and improving access and the quality of the customer experience and that of the staff and performing artists.
The project significantly increased the capacity of the Cinema by constructing two additional cinema screens flanking either side of the original auditorium. Which itself saw considerable enhancements to both theatrical performances and cinematic screenings.
The front-of-house services and capacity were improved not least by the creation of “The 1936 Café Bar”, named after the Regal’s original opening year. The hard and soft landscaping at the front of the Regal was also developed to provide an iconic art deco appearance, enticing patrons to venture into the Regal.
This was a rare opportunity to be involved in a project that held such a strong significance within the local community.
CGI image courtesy of Purcell.
Dan and the team at Northmores have been a massive driving force on the project, from their expert insights during the assembly of the design team to their fantastic attention to detail during the building phase. When the pandemic caused new issues, Dan was always proactive in seeking a cost-effective solution.