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Front Elevation of the planned extension to the Hippodrome. It will make the right hand side of the building symmetrical to the left

Exciting Plans  Ahead for the Hippodrome!

We wanted to share the exciting plans for the extension at the Hip. You may be aware that we received a substantial sum from the Town Deal scheme. We’ve now completed the Business Case and the project has been fully approved by the Town Deal Board. The next stage is for the Government to approve the project and we hope to have heard from them by October 2022.

What will the extension allow us to do?

We’ve still some work to do on the final internal layout but the extension will allow us to:

  • Create additional performance, event and rehearsal spaces.
  •  Improve accessibility for all to the Hippodrome and our events, including a new lift to all levels of the new extension.
  • Create a community cinema.
  • Present a much wider range of events, including daytime events.
  • Create additional opportunities for volunteers and professional artists.
  • Contribute to the wider economy by increasing the number of annual visitors.

An initial impression of the internal spaces that will be created by the extension

Whilst there’ll be a lot of change we’ll also be ensuring that our much loved and beautifully restored auditorium will remain unchanged. The planned works start from the wall between the auditorium and foyer. There will be a period that we have to close the building during the demolition works but we’re going keep any closure period to the shortest period possible. Our intention is to reopen even whilst the extension is being built and our creative team are already looking at how we can stage events and productions during that period so watch out for some exciting updates on that…