DOUBLE AWARD FOR HIS MAJESTY’S THEATRE
The double award winning theatre
An Aberdeen landmark has landed two major architectural prizes, following an ambitious extension and refurbishment.
His Majesty’s Theatre on Rosemount Viaduct was a joint winner in the major project category of the Civic Building of the Year competition. The £8m extension and refurbishment to the Edwardian theatre shares the Society of Chief Architects of Local Authorities (SCALA) award with Norwich Bus Station.
The glass and granite extension, designed by Aberdeen City Council principal architect Trevor Smith and built by Robertson Construction Eastern Ltd (RCEL), was also given a commendation at the National Civic Trust Awards and short-listed for a Saltire Society Civil Engineering Award.
The redevelopment of HM Theatre took two years to complete with 700 tradesmen working on the project, many of whom previously worked on the upgrade of the building which took place in the 1980s.
The construction work within the original building encompassed major alterations to the stage, lighting and sound, building new bars, kitchen and restaurant areas and toilets all incorporating disabled access with the addition of lifts. The new extension has a rehearsal area, green room, modern dressing rooms and office and reception areas.
Many original features of the building have been kept like ceiling decoration, cornices, gold leaf work in the auditorium and seats, which have been refurbished rather than replaced.
Managing Director of RCEL, George Wood, said: “It’s fantastic that the building has collected two such prestigious prizes. It was particularly pleasing to win the SCALA award, considering that the project faced competition from 127 local authority projects throughout the UK.
“The development will place His Majesty’s Theatre in an ideal position to continue bringing first-class productions to Aberdeen. And we are proud that we have been able to put our stamp on yet another prestigious project, which is a landmark building in Aberdeen and an important building for Scotland as a whole.”