First glimpse of the new £6.6 million redesign of ‘much-loved’ theatre

Council aim to turn the 420-capacity theatre into “a flourishing cultural hub”.

This is the first glimpse of what a redesigned Brindley Theatre could look like.

Ambitious plans have been unveiled by Halton Borough Council for the redevelopment of the popular Runcorn venue, which would also include an integrated Runcorn library.

The £6.6 million scheme is part of the wider redevelopment which includes six other major projects in the town centre, and follows a successful £23.6 million council bid for funding from the government’s Town Deal last July.

Artist impression of the new Brindley Theatre with integrated Runcorn Library.

The enhancements would see an extension to current facilities to create a larger cafe-restaurant and a community space on Brindley Green.

Under the latest plans, the library – currently located at Granville Street – would also be relocated and integrated in to the Brindley building.

Cllr Paul Nolan, portfolio holder for Employment, Learning and Skills, and Community, said: “Since it opened its doors in 2004, the Brindley has become a much-loved venue and landmark for Runcorn, drawing high-profile national and international performers who attract visitors from across the region and beyond.

“These designs, which complement the iconic design of the current building, will see The Brindley welcoming even more people and being the catalyst to creating a flourishing cultural hub that will be a boost to the town centre economy.”

The new design has been developed by a consultancy team led by Arcadis, and includes Ellis Williams Architects from Preston Brook.

Ward councillor and member of the Runcorn Town Deal Board, Cllr Norman Plumpton-Walsh, added: “The proposed accessible Brindley Green will offer new open spaces for local people to enjoy right in the heart of the town centre.

“In addition, we hope that independent businesses on the high street will benefit from the increased volumes of visitors enjoying the enhanced facilities.”