Project will extend and refurbish existing Hampshire venue
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has won planning for the £12.35m redevelopment of a Hampshire theatre.
Fareham council approved the concept designs and budget for the project to extend and refurbish the town’s 700-seat Ferneham Hall.
Councillors decided this option was cheaper than demolition and rebuild.
The proposals are for an 800-seat theatre, a new foyer, café and bar plus a studio space for small groups.
Colin Cobb, an associate at the practice, said: “Ferneham Hall is a theatre and venue with a shared history for the local community, a meeting place, and a springboard for local arts organisations and young people.
“Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is very pleased to be working on the renewal of the theatre to create a place that will continue to be important for the culture, for the community and for the town.
“Our proposals aim to give a sense of contemporary quality and place, adding a new foyer and venue and refurbishing and improving the existing facilities.”
The architect will now work up more detailed plans, with the venue due to close on January 6 for up to two years for the remodelling project to take place.