Expressions of interest due in later this month

Contractors have been put on notice for a £20m refurbishment of the grade A-listed King’s Theatre in Edinburgh.

The £19.9m redevelopment of the theatre, designed by Bennetts Associates, will include a new cafe-bar and an education space.

The stage will be flattened to attract opera and dance companies and the orchestra pit will be rebuilt to improve acoustics.

The successful contractor is expected to have previous experience on projects with similarities.

Kings Theatre Edinburgh_Long Section design by Bennets Associates

An impression of the new designs for the King’s Theatre in Edinburgh, drawn up by Bennetts Associates

This includes carrying out complex refurbishments, working on listed premises with heritage status and design integration, as well as having worked in a busy city centre location.

Bennetts Associates was appointed as architects in 2018 to redesign the theatre, which opened in 1906 and is the only surviving operational theatre by the architects Swanston and Davidson.

The renovation is expected to more than double the opening hours and is hoped to increase visitor numbers by 50%, from 200,000 a year.

Bidders have until 27 January to express their interest and invitations to tender are due to be sent towards the end of next month.

Redevelopment works are scheduled to begin next September, with the theatre closed for 20 months and reopening in summer 2023.