28/09/2021 by Buildington
Willmott Dixon Interiors has begun refurbishment works at the Grade II* former Granada/EMD.

The £25.6 million project will restore the building into a 950-seat multi-purpose entertainment venue, with a bar and restaurant.

Soho Theatre will reopen the new facility to the public in 2022.

Graham Shaw, Managing Director at Willmott Dixon Interiors commented: “This is a beautiful heritage building that now has an exciting new future. We’re looking forward to delivering a modern, nationally recognised entertainment venue that honours the building’s unique history and once again provides a popular destination for people to visit. It has the potential to create many new jobs and make an important contribution to the local economy.”

Cllr Simon Miller, Member for Economic Growth and Housing Development, added: “Here in Waltham Forest our number one priority is economic recovery and connecting people with jobs, so I am thrilled with the Council’s partnership with Willmott Dixon and the exceptional social values programme. This incredible transformation of the former Granada/EMD is already delivering benefits to the community, as we knew it would, and is a key cultural led regeneration project for the high street and entire borough. I applaud Willmott Dixon for the achievements so far and cannot wait to see what community benefits this exciting project will bring next year before its grand opening in early 2023.”

Willmott Dixon Interiors has previously completed refurbishment projects at other Grade II* properties across the UK, including Stockton Globe, Colston Hall in Bristol, Darlington Hippodrome, Octagon Theatre in Bolton and Eltham Cinema in Greenwich.
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