Perth Theatre

Sector: Public Sector
Participant: Perth and Kinross Council
Location:  Mill Street, Perth
Capital Value:  £14.9m
Completion Date: November 2017
Contract Dates: 17th June 2017
Total Users / Residents:

500-seat auditorium

Local Employees:

780 out of 1,010

Project Information

The redevelopment of Perth Theatre was a key element of Perth and Kinross Council’s plans – with theatre operator, Horsecross Arts – to create a vibrant city centre cultural sector. Opened in 1901, the venue is one of Scotland’s oldest repertory theatres, drawing performers and arts organisations from around Scotland and the UK.

We demolished a three-storey extension to make way for a new triple-height space including an accessible foyer, bar, restaurant and 200-capacity studio theatre. We also restored the 500-seat, B-listed Edwardian auditorium, reinstating original features, and improving accessibility by installing a new lift and creating a more user-friendly layout.

Our supply chain of specialist tradespeople successfully reinstated ornate and original features such as the mouldings, lime plaster case, gold leaf gilding, restorative carpentry and the upper circle seating.

Through value engineering we reduced costs to keep within an affordable budget for our client, without compromising on quality. Solutions included reducing floor space without loss of valuable performance space, and regrading finishes in production areas to keep quality of finishes to occupied spaces.

Community Involvement

The project exceeded the minimum community
benefit targets set out by Hub, including:

  • 10 work placements for 16-19 year olds
  • 4 apprentice starts
  • 5 existing apprentices

Key Appointments

Contractor: Robertson Construction
Architect: Richard Murphy
Civil & Structural Engineer / Acoustics: Arup
Project Manager: Eco Hub
Restoration Architect: Simpson and Brown
Building Services & Fire Engineer: Burro Happold
Principle Designer: Robertson Construction Group
Advisor to Principle Designer: McLeod & Aitken
Theatre Consultants: Charcoal Blue 


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