Historic Hyde Park Picture House Redevelopment To Begin This Spring

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Work on the Hyde Park Picture House’s transformational redevelopment project is set to begin this April. And that’s thanks to a successful £285,600 award from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the government’s Culture Recovery Fund.

Combining vital restoration work with the creation of new accessible facilities, the cinema’s Picture House Project had been on pause for the past 10 months. But it’ll now proceed as planned, with completion expected in May 2022.

The multi-million-pound scheme will safeguard the cinema’s nationally significant heritage. It’ll include repair and conservation of its unique gas-lamps and iconic Burmantofts tiled façade. It will also include the restoration of the original terrazzo flooring, and Grade II listed exterior lamppost. There’ll also be th introduction of a new ramped entrance. Accessible toilets, an expanded foyer and new 52 seat basement screen also means the cinema’s accessibility will be greatly improved.  And so will it’s capacity.

Hyde Park Picture House

“Over the moon”

Designed by award-winning architects Page\Park and engineering specialists Buro Happold, the project will take 13 months to complete and is being delivered by Triton Construction, with support from Gardiner & Theobald and Avison Young. During this time the Picture House will continue to screen films in venues across Leeds as part of its On the Road off-site film programme. That began last year but is currently on hold until restrictions ease.

The Capital Kickstart Fund was established to support capital projects negatively affected by Covid-19.  It’s administered by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It also forms part of the government’s wider £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund.

News of this funding follows a £2.3million National Lottery Heritage Fund grant, awarded to the Picture House Project 2018. There’s also crucial support from Leeds City Council. The Garfield Weston Foundation, the British Film Institute and others have also helped. Later this year the Picture House plans to launch a new community fundraising campaign. Here, it’ll ask audiences to help raise the final amount required to complete the project.

Wendy Cook, Head of Cinema at the Hyde Park Picture House, said: “After a challenging period of prolonged uncertainty, we’re over the moon that work on The Picture House Project is finally about to begin. Not only will this project revitalize and safeguard a building that so many of us love, but it will allow the cinema to become a more inclusive venue, welcoming new audiences thanks to an expanded film programme, huge improvements to accessibility and new community-focused activity for visitors young and old.”

More information about the Hyde Park Picture House redevelopment, including proposed plans, videos, a project timeline and more, can be found at: thepicturehouseproject.com

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