New facade of Congress Theatre is revealed

Congress Theatre facade SUS-150430-110905001
Congress Theatre facade SUS-150430-110905001

The new façade on the Congress Theatre has been revealed after being swathed in screens for four years.

Most of the scaffolding has been removed following the £1.4million project on the grade II listed building. The iconic 1960s facade is regarded as one of the best in the country and it has been meticulously restored over the last eight months.

Emergency scaffolding was put up when a chunk of the facade crumbled away and fell onto a car parked on the road below.

Detailed investigations showed that the original metal reinforcement in the facade was corroding from the inside and this had led to serious degradation of the concrete and the eventual structural failure.

English Heritage was closely involved in the design of the restoration work to ensure the significant repairs were in keeping with the original 1963 style. Repairs addressed the original design flaws that led to the underlying corrosion through the installation of the new weather-resistant units and solar efficient glazing.

Richard Stocking, principal conservation surveyor, said, “It is thrilling to see the realisation of our meticulous planning and painstaking attention to detail and we are to date extremely satisfied with the results. It has been a pleasure working on this prestigious project,”