The restoration and development of the Grand Opera House in Belfast successfully restored the iconic 1895 listed auditorium to its original splendour.
Restoration works seen the auditorium’s paintings and decorative and ornate plasterwork painstakingly restored and conserved, as well as almost 1100 bespoke auditorium seats, carpets, curtains and drapes installed. The Theatre’s technical infrastructure was fully upgraded to meet the technological requirements of a modern-day touring venue theatre whilst being sensitive to the historical fabric of the building.
The foyer and public spaces have been totally redesigned, with a stunning new helical stair finished with terrazzo tiles, curved glazed balustrade and brass handrail as the centrepiece linking the public spaces. Four new bars were fitted out including in the restored 1980 glass extension overhanging Great Victoria Street, as well as beautifully refurbished stalls and circle bars. A permanent heritage exhibition now tells the fascinating story of the Theatre’s 125-year history. Facilities for those customers with access needs have also been greatly enhanced throughout.