Liverpool Royal Court to receive £500k Arts Investment

19
May

Liverpool’s Royal Court expects to improve accessibility, upgrade equipment, and improve its overall environmental sustainability with a £551,200 capital grant.

The Arts England Capital Investment Programme is an open access organisation that supports the cultural development of cities. The initiative was announced last year and Liverpool is amongst the first recipients of the grant. The money can be used to adjust building accessibility, upgrade the safety of equipment, increase environmental sustainability, or provide technological opportunities. Fortunately, Liverpool plans to act on all these prospects.

The investment will allow the theatre to progress with long term sustainability in mind. For example, solar panels are planned to be installed upon the roof and anew electric van will be purchased as a low-carbon alternative to the current diesel one.

Directly benefitting the audience is the key to success for this investment. A new cooling system will be installed for the summer months and the theatre has plans to upgrade both its projection room and audio equipment, creating an environment easily accessible for those hard of hearing.

Chief Executive of Liverpool’s Royal Court, Gillian Miller, has said, “We are delighted to receive this grant from Arts Council England to continue our journey to making Liverpool’s Royal Court fit for the future.”

This could happen alongside the proposed extension that would add two new dressing rooms, office space and meeting rooms.

Alongside this £500k grant, with the current regeneration, it seems the area around Liverpool Royal Court will be positively affected. In fact, M&S are relocating from their century old Church Street store to Liverpool One. A 5-minutewalk from Royal Court, the investment signals a further increase in interest in Liverpool One. This is reinforced by the fact that Gravity Active Entertainment signed a 15-year lease for 100,000 sq ft for an all-encompassing activity destination, including golf, bowling, e-karting, food, and drink.

The current investments in Liverpool’s Royal Court and the surrounding area will boost nearby and help aid with the current regeneration project Liverpool Waters, that is currently revitalizing the northern docks. It seems obvious that Liverpool will boast a growing population with the current modernization of the centre.

So, with the consistent investments popping up around the northern docks and Liverpool One, it would seem to be a great area for investors to turn a healthy profit in the coming years.

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