BAM’s North East construction team has been appointed by Leeds City Council to deliver the redevelopment of Leeds Playhouse.

BAM has been developing the design from Glasgow-based architect Page/Park for the circa £15 million scheme.

The two theatres forming the Playhouse opened originally in 1990 and at the time they were the largest purpose-built new theatres since the National Theatre in 1976. They suffer however from poor disabled access and require new entrances and more open spaces.

The scheme is part of a wider transformation of the local Quarry Hill area as a cultural quarter.

“We’re creating a new theatre in the undercroft and we’ll be conducting enhancement and access works around the other two existing theatres.

“It’s a complex refurb with numerous small spaces that feel like a rabbit warren. Our team has experience of similar restoration schemes that we completed in Leeds and Harrogate.

“We have been conducting early works already and are delighted to mark the commencement of main works today with this ground breaking ceremony.”

Jason Pink

BAM’s Construction Director

BAM’s track record on leisure schemes in Yorkshire is impressive. Not only did it create major schemes at Leeds First Direct Arena and the Carnegie Pavilion at Headingley, but it was behind the delicate restorations of City Varieties Musical Hall, the Royal Hall in Harrogate, and Sheffield City Hall. It also created the Melrose Stand at York Racecourse.

Work has begun on an exciting project to transform the Leeds Playhouse into a modern, 21st century theatre.