Architect Led Tour – Grand Opera House
Location: Grand Opera House
Date: 19 October 2021
Duration: 10:00 am - 11:00 am
You are invited to attend an architect-led tour of the Grand Opera House, Belfast following the recent completion of a major restoration project. There are only 15 places available, so you’ll need to be quick to book before they get snapped up.
The Grand Opera House has been referred to as “the best surviving example in the United Kingdom of the oriental style applied to theatre architecture” and has stood as a key landmark in the city since 1895. It was granted Grade A listed status in 1974. In 2017 the Grand Opera House Trust undertook a significant restoration project with Consarc Design Group as lead architects to ensure that the building would be enjoyed for years to come.
Now complete, the restoration project has seen the auditorium’s paintings and ornate plasterwork painstakingly restored and conserved, as well as new seating, carpets, curtains and drapes installed. The design of the foyer and public spaces has been totally reimagined, with a new bar installed in the restored 1980 glass extension overhanging Great Victoria Street, as well as refurbished stalls and circle bars. As part of the project, the Theatre’s technical infrastructure has been upgraded and a permanent heritage exhibition installed telling the fascinating story of the theatre’s 125-year history.
James Grieve, project architect with Consarc Design Group will be leading the tour to showcase the completed works.