£22m Welsh Government funding to support Theatr Clwyd redevelopment
The Welsh Government has today confirmed up to £22m in additional capital funding to support the redevelopment of Theatr Clwyd.
Investment in the iconic theatre in Flintshire is a key commitment within the Welsh Government’s Programme for Government.
Theatr Clwyd is the biggest producing theatre in Wales, known for world class theatre productions and a significant social, cultural and economic impact in north-east Wales.
It attracts over 200,000 paying visitors annually and has a strong outreach programme, bringing culture to a range of diverse audiences.
Theatr Clwyd’s, Executive Director, Liam Evans-Ford, and Artistic Director, Tamara Harvey are working with Flintshire County Council, Arts Council of Wales and acclaimed architects Haworth Tompkins on the redevelopment.
Deputy Minister for Arts and Sport, Dawn Bowden, said:
“Theatr Clwyd has an international and national reputation for excellence and is a key part of Wales’ cultural infrastructure. Through its innovative services and partnerships Theatr Clwyd brings considerable social, cultural and economic benefits to Wales, particularly the local communities in north east Wales. We look forward to working with the team on delivering such an exciting and innovate project.”
The transformative redevelopment will deliver a much-improved visitor experience and enhanced income-generating facilities within a greener, more efficient, and welcoming building.
With an industry-leading zero carbon target and dedicated theatre-making, learning, family and wellbeing spaces, including on-site scenic construction for the first time, the project will be an exemplar of 21st century cultural space.
Flintshire County Council’s Chief Executive, Neal Cockerton, said: “This is a really welcome announcement by Welsh Government and will allow us and the Theatr to move forward with its exciting plans for refurbishment and development. This is a dynamic period in the theatre’s history – the future is looking bright with the theatre continuing as a vital and vibrant arts centre at the heart of our community.”
Liam Evans-Ford, Executive Director at Theatr Clwyd, said: “The confirmation of Welsh Government’s investment towards the essential redevelopment of Theatr Clwyd, alongside the previously confirmed investment from Flintshire County Council and the Arts Council of Wales, is a significant statement about how the arts, and its social and economic impact, is viewed in Wales – a nation fast becoming one of the best in the world at supporting its cultural sectors. This funding will unlock further private investment and enable us to deliver something that our local communities, our theatre makers, our audiences, our region, and our nation can be proud of – a world class producing theatre in North Wales that will now have facilities to match the standard of work on our stages.”
Minister for North Wales, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Investing in our theatres and committing to Theatr Clwyd is an important element of our Programme for Government. This announcement today recognises Theatr Clwyd’s high standing and cultural significance not only in North Wales itself but further afield too. It is a valuable asset to the region.”
Phil George, Chair, Arts Council of Wales, said: “This crucial investment from Welsh Government recognises the impact of the arts in community life, in the wellbeing of citizens and in economic development. Theatr Clwyd richly demonstrates that impact through its high-quality and eye-catching productions, its community outreach and its work in areas like Arts and Dementia and youth justice. This redevelopment will further energise all that work and be a major benefit to the people of north-east Wales. The Arts Council of Wales is proud to support it.”
Throughout the building work Theatr Clwyd will remain open with work expected to be completed in 2024.
Notes to editors
- The funding will be provided over financial years 2022/23 to 2024-25. This is subject to agreement of the Full Business Case and Gateway Review, confirmation of project monitoring requirements and other conditions to be agreed.
- The Welsh Government made an initial award of £3m in the autumn of 2020 to support the RIBA stage 4 design work in 21/22
- The redevelopment work has been costed at £42m. The funding strategy for the £42m expenditure is:
£25m - £3m awarded in autumn of 2020 for design, with a further £22m over financial years 2022-23 – 2024-25
£8m - £1m initially committed towards construction works and investment in RIBA Stage 2 & 3, and a further £7m for the capital scheme was confirmed by the Council December 2021
£5m – awarded in 2020
£4m - Fundraising target