After a slow start, work on the former squash courts is now pressing ahead. Baileys Construction have built the main supporting beam which will run down the centre of the new studio. This beam is the main rigging point for the Circus Skills work that will be doing in the future, so it’s essential that this is strong and secure.
Now it is safely in place, the walls which currently divide the Squash Courts into three have started to come down. We are now finally able to see the full width and height that the new studio will have. We have already shifted 40 tonnes of rubble to get to the stage we are at and there is plenty more to go!
The work in the theatre is running ahead of schedule and we already have a stunning new floor laid. The image below shows what lies beneath the theatre floor and the lattice work which gives our sprung floor its bounce. It’s amazing when you think how much dance will happen on this floor over the coming years! You can see the new floor on the left and the old floor being removed from the right.
You can also see the extension to the lighting above the space which gives us much more flexibility to light downstage and the front of house area.
Last week we also celebrated a very special day – Tuesday 8 July was the Squash Courts birthday! They were opened in 1972 by Councillor L.L MacDonald. It seems very fitting that they are undergoing such a transformation on their 42nd birthday!