Redcar and Cleveland Council has appointed one of the North East’s major contractors, BAM Construction, to deliver the new Regent Cinema development in Redcar.

The striking new £9.7 million facilities are funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA). It is the second significant heritage scheme to be announced by BAM this week, following the company’s appointment to deliver the historic renovation of Newark Works in Bath. The combined construction value is almost £18 million. BAM is already behind the restoration of the historic cinema in Port Talbot.

The new Redcar community venue has been designed to seat nearly 200 people in three screens with 34, 56 and 94 seats respectively following the discovery in 2018 of serious structural problems in the existing building which forced its closure.

The new Art Deco style cinema reflects the rich history of the site and has key features such as a licensed café bar with sea views. 

The new cinema stands on the beach front, which poses some issues for the construction.

But BAM – which was recently appointed to build The Northern School of Art had a solution up its sleeve. Says Construction Director Tony Fitzgerald,

“We’re not just a local construction firm, we develop, design, construct and operate buildings, and our sister company, BAM Nuttall, are leading marine specialists.  Having worked on a number of coastal projects in the North East including a new RNLI lifeboat station in Scarborough and the renewal of Saltburn Pier. They have provided advice on the sub-structure design with suitable materials and solutions for the coastal environment and more importantly tidal working knowledge. This expertise, plus our collaborative and high-tech way of working, are what we bring to making this historic part of Redcar live again.”

BAM has a strong relationship with Redcar Council having built Redcar and Cleveland College, and Tuned In in the town previously.  Tuned In was also on built on the beach front less than half a mile away from the Regent.

“Being 150 years old ourselves and having built in the North East since 1916, we know that it’s a tremendous shame to demolish a lovely old theatre from the 1920s for which there is some local affection, however we know the building is beyond saving. But the new scheme looks eye catching. It’s built right onto the beach, uses natural light and has a terracotta façade, and it will provide that special building which enhances any location.”

The architect is GT3, Fairhurst are the structural and civil engineers and Identity Consult are project and cost managers.

The project has recently commenced with an aim to open the cinema in spring 2022.