WJL were appointed by Kier to install wall panelling, wall units, solid timber flooring, acoustic panelling, and seating for the Shakespeare North Playhouse in Prescot, which officially opened on 16th July 2022.
Shakespeare North Playhouse will bring people together to participate in a unique programme of performance, activities and conversations, inspired by Shakespeare and relevant to all of us. Inspired by Prescot’s historic connections to William Shakespeare and a real love of storytelling, Shakespeare North Playhouse will play a key role in the ongoing regeneration of Knowsley; a place full of brilliant people with a story to tell. At its heart is a traditional 470 seat timber framed Shakespearean theatre that will host a mix of vibrant new performances.
There were a lot of intricate design and installation elements to this project. Solid timber was used for both the flooring and the seating, which was custom-built to suit the venue. We worked on the ground and first floor bars, installed acoustic panelling for the dance studio, walkways, corridors and doorways – all whilst keeping to the traditional, historic feel of the building. Our Echofade acoustic panelling had to be adapted to fit the aesthetic.
Due to the scope of this project, communication had to be frequent and transparent. Our team had many design meetings and discussions to make sure the project ran as smoothly as possible and ensure that the desired outcome was delivered. Three different companies were involved in the Theatre element of the works, including Adlib for the staging, and Auditoria Services who worked on the seating.
Kier were brilliant as always, we have a great working relationship and they were very helpful and proactive throughout the project. This really was one to be proud of! We were also given some additional work to undertake off site – we are doing more flooring and seat cladding for a revised theatre configuration called ‘In The Round’ which will go live in August to host special performances.
To enquire about our acoustic panelling, furniture and floor installation services for your next project, please contact a member of our team.