Revamp of Walton on Thames' Playhouse gets underway
By MIKENEWS | Thursday, September 01, 2011, 15:38
Work has just started on a major refurbishment of one of Walton on Thames' largest entertainment venues.
The Playhouse, Hurst Grove, Walton on Thames is undergoing a make-over
The major refurbishment of the Walton Playhouse, Hurst Grove, Walton on Thames, started this week.
The Walton Playhouse is one of the main arts venues in the Borough. It was originally built by Cecil Hepworth in 1920. Following various ownerships, it became a popular venue for amateur theatre productions. It was last refurbished in the 1960s to its current layout and is used by many groups in the area.
The decision to carry out the much needed health and safety works was made earlier this year after a condition survey of the building was carried out. The survey identified a number of issues and necessary improvements required to bring the Playhouse up to standard.
Helen Mills, Chairman of the Playhouse Users' Committee, said: "We are thrilled that the Playhouse refurbishment programme has now started. Once completed, it will enable this much-respected theatre to make a lasting contribution to the development and delivery of theatrical productions in the area. "
The refurbishment will include new flat roofing, drainage repairs, double glazed windows, new fire doors and partitions, and a new fire detection system. There will also be refurbishment of the toilets, bar and changing areas, together with a new ventilation system to the auditorium.
Together with new floor coverings, and internal and external decorations this will extend the life expectancy of the building for a number of years while meeting the needs of the current and future user groups.