The transformation programme which is planned to commence in 2018 will bring back to life an iconic building with a sympathetic modern touch. In doing so it will deliver a venue fit for a leading European, national and regional centre for the performing arts.
The new designs for the main hall are inspired by the character of Bristol’s Harbourside, something that is already present in the listed building with its rope, ship and other maritime motifs. Themes of hulls, masts, decks, sails and rigging inform a dynamic new design for the main hall that will replace the current 1951 interior. The transformation of the main auditorium will include:
“It’s a great venue with such an intimate environment and great connection with your audience. I’m delighted that the new facility will be more than just an entertainment venue, and will nurture future talent through education and the development of business related to the performing arts.”
The Lantern will be remodelled into an elegant and versatile performance venue. Audiences will step from the new foyer into a modern reworking of the historic spaces of the Victorian hall, allowing for a versatile space with increased capacity.
Our unique and highly atmospheric cellars were used throughout the 19th century as Bristol’s original customs warehouse. They will be opened up for the first time in 100 years to create a state of the art education centre, workspace for performing arts business enterprises and a brand new performance space. Key improvements:
The proposal is to repair and restore the beautiful Bristol Byzantine style historic foyer building and reanimate the Colston Street façades with a new restaurant and new windows to The Lantern above.