Calderdale Council have revealed plans to upgrade the Halifax Victoria theatre, including additional accessible toilets. Here is their press release on the plans:
Plans to improve the facilities and visitor experience at the Victoria Theatre in Halifax are moving forward, with planning approval granted and a contractor for the works due to be appointed this autumn.
The Victoria Theatre is an impressive Grade II listed building in Halifax town centre, and one of the top events venues in the region. Funding from the Government’s Future High Streets Fund is set to enhance the experience for those visiting and ensure that more people can enjoy all that the theatre has to offer.
Plans for the theatre include a new box office on Commercial Street, with independent opening hours. The current box office and part of the foyer area would become a new café/bar which will provide new food and drink opportunities and could hold small performances.
Access improvements are also included in plans, with a new lift taking visitors to the Green Room Bar for the first time in the venue’s history and two new accessible toilets being installed. This would vastly improve the visitor experience for those with access requirements.
Planning approval, including listed building consent, for the project was granted earlier this year and now the process of appointing a contractor to carry out the works is underway. Following this appointment, it’s estimated that work will start in mid-October.
Throughout the works, the theatre will be open as normal, with performances unaffected. However, the building will look different while the work is taking place and some facilities may be temporarily disrupted.
The work will be complete by summer 2024, in time for celebrations for the borough’s Year of Culture, with the theatre due to play a key part in the planned major events programme recognising the importance of culture to the local economy and communities.
To find out more about the planned works at the Victoria Theatre, https://calderdalenextchapter.co.uk/projects/victoria-theatre-halifax-future-high-streets or for more information about the Halifax Future High Streets Fund works, visit Halifax Future High Streets | Calderdale Next Chapter