Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

August 2003 – May 2008: contract as Project Director for the BELGRADE THEATRE, COVENTRY, continuing to manage their £14m capital development scheme, which I had developed from inception during my employment there as Executive Director.  The scheme involved the refurbishment of the existing Grade II listed building and the construction of a new 2,200 m2 extension with a new 300 seat auditorium.  Construction work was spread over four years and was largely completed in autumn 2007, when the theatre re-opened after an 18 month closure period.  Funders include Arts Council England, European Regional Development Fund, Coventry City Council, Advantage West Midlands and the Heritage Lottery Fund.   The building won an RIBA National Award in 2008.

“This project must be regarded as a success in its outcome.  Indeed, its realisation in the face of budgetary and time constraints is impressive.  The original vision has largely been achieved in terms of the accommodation provided, and in its quality and accessibility.”  Case Study Report for CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment)

David returned to the Belgrade in 2018 to work on their 2020 Redevelopment Project.  Phase One, the refurbishment of the main auditorium including seating and carpet replacement took place over the summer of 2019 and Phase Two, the creation of a new cafe-bar at the Corporation Street end of the building, is currently on site.  Works should complete in January 2021, leaving the building all ready for Coventry City of Culture 2021.