Category: The Build

Building the Crown Wharf Theatre – Part 3

Anyone who has taken a walk along the canal recently would have seen what tremendous progress Joule’s Brewery have been making. All materials have been meticulously chosen to reflect the heritage of the brand and site from the reclaimed bricks to the cast iron Joule’s cross, seamlessly integrated within the dramatic steelwork. We highly recommend taking a wander and looking at how beautiful these buildings will be. 

From the canalside you can clearly see where the pub ends and the theatre begins as our octagonal auditorium stands proud but naked! Yet to be waterproofed and wind protected, we are currently working alongside our specialist theatre architects to ensure the best possible materials are used for the walls and roof- rain hitting a hot tin roof may work for some shows but not others!

To the left of the auditorium you will see what will be our dressing rooms, production office and workshop snaking round the far corner of the site. Plans are currently being drawn up by a local architect for a small extension at the back of Wharfingers Cottage to maximise the available space and flow of backstage traffic. 

Once the auditorium walls are built and the roof is covered it will 100% be down to the charity to do the rest. If you’ve got the skills, we’ve got the jobs!

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Building the Crown Wharf Theatre – Part 2

Joule’s Brewery have been making the most of the beautiful summer and have been powering on with the build.

The shell of Wharfingers Cottage is now complete which will be closely followed by the workshop/storage unit which will be made watertight and windproof with a green shutter door, or two, or three.

Wharfingers store, which has been opened out into the auditorium space, is being lovingly restored with the addition of a steel frame to help support the eventual roof and a lighting grid.

And the most dramatic addition to the theatre build so far has been design and construction of the auditorium’s steel frame which has been no mean feat. A challenge to our talented engineers, whose calculations extended to 189 sheets of data- that’s enough to stage a paper aeroplane competition for 17 football teams! (Something we’ve always wondered about).

The framework consists of 67 tonnes of steel which is the equivalent of 17 elephants, or 67,000 penguins, or 5.6 double decker buses (now we know!) And our steel story continues with the design of our balcony level and tech room currently underway which will hopefully be fitted towards the end of Joule’s Brewery’s outer-shell construction period.

In the meantime, the first bricks have been laid…

Building the Crown Wharf Theatre – Part 1

Joule’s Brewery started work on site in early 2019 and have already made impressive progress with the site groundwork and the restoration of the Old Fire Station, which is being transformed into a heritage centre for Stone Town Council. The freshly painted bright red doors and bold black lettering can already be seen from the roadside.

On the theatre side of things, the beautiful restoration of Wharfingers Cottage, which will make up part of the back of house facilities, is close to completion with the recent addition of some iconic bottle green window frames.

Before
April 2019
Before

The workshop/storage unit, which sits to the right of Wharfingers Cottage, is also starting to take shape.

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Wharfingers Store has been opened up at the front, which connects directly to what will be our octagonal auditorium, the outline of which can now be seen.

April 2019
April 2019

It’s an exciting time, where we can really begin to visualise how each individual space will function and how they will work together to provide performers and audiences with a space that is not only practical but a joy to be in.

The next step will be the construction of the steel frame for the auditorium and our crowned roof!

The overall project build is expected to take between 12-24 months.