Proposals for Hull New Theatre development receives mixed reviews

Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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Hull New Theatre’s received mixed views on proposals for an extension, which would see bigger productions come to the city.

There’s been a mixed reaction to proposals for Hull New Theatre.

Hull’s Civic Society has welcomed plans to allow bigger productions to be held there, but have raised concern over the front design of an expansion to their restaurant and bar.

They also believe they have a lot of public support.

Project Director John Netherwood says they don’t oppose all new developments and have welcomed the majority of the plans:

“The Civic Society recognises a modern design can live quite happily alongside a heritage building, but equally, we do have some concern that the design for the front of the extension doesn’t seem to compliment the existing building.

“We certainly welcome in principal the idea of improving and extending the facilities of the the bar and the cafe area, but one thing that does concern us is the actual design of the facade of the new extension to the left of the steps leading into the theatre, which of course faces on to Kingston Square.

“Kingston Square is listed. The buildings around it are listed. Therefore we feel that the new design of the extension should enhance the overall view of Kingston Square and not in any way stand out like a sore thumb. So while we’re not seeking it to look identical to the New Theatre design, it wants to be complimentary to it.”

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Published: Friday 2nd October 2015 by KCFM

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