The Lyric Theatre, Ridgeway Street, Belfast
Gilbert Ash, N. Ireland
O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, Dublin
Hollowcore Flooring | Stair Units
The redevelopment of the new Lyric Theatre by Gilbert-Ash was many years in the making and as the momentum grew the end user compiled the specification for the new facility.
The original theatre, famed for its intimacy, had 290 seats and with the new theatre now seating 396, its intimacy has undoubtedly been retained. The new development also comprises a studio with 216 seats providing a facility for theatre in the round and unlike the old theatre, the new building now houses a full equipped, spacious rehearsal room.
Despite the fact that the building was constructed on the same footprint of the original site, the impact on the public was kept to a minimum with the site regularly achieving a high score in the Considerate Constructors Scheme.
Overall, this is a landmark building for Belfast and inspection will show that the finishes are to the highest standard possible.
NB. AG’s slabs on the roof are at angles and slopes (not the usual way for slabs to be on a roof).