PLANS for the multi-million pound refurbishment of Sheffield city centre arts and theatre complex The Montgomery are moving ahead following initial meetings with architects.
An ambitious five-year programme will bring the popular Surrey Street community venue firmly into the 21st century with a complete refurbishment of the front of house, main auditorium and backstage facilities.
A new main frontage will give the venue a much greater presence and identity.
A new affordable recording studio, bar area, improved toilet facilities and public spaces are just some proposals that will enhance the complex and create a more welcoming environment for visitors.
And the installation of a lift will address the long-standing problem of access, enabling The Montgomery to offer more relaxed performances, dementia friendly workshops and more, making it a theatre and arts centre available to everyone.
Following initial meetings with architects, the venues Board of Trustees has now developed a scheme of requirements for the refurbishment and begun to discuss the way forward for fundraising.
But before serious work gets under way the recruitment process will begin for a new Director.
“We are looking for an inspiring individual to provide strong, dynamic leadership for The Montgomery, working to ensure the organisation meets its charitable objectives and delivers against our strategic vision for the future,” said Chair of Trustees Joanne Ringrose.
“As well as leading the organisation the successful applicant will develop strategies for delivering The Montgomery’s capital project, fundraising and building relationships within the city.”
The role has most recently been filled by Dawn Reynolds who, in a management restructure, now becomes General Manager.
“Dawn has done an amazing job in what have often been very challenging times and we are delighted that she will be moving to the new role of General Manager from September,” said Joanne.
“She will oversee the administration, operation, hire and contracting functions of the organisation and her in-depth knowledge of the building, its history and the running of the business will be invaluable to us as we go forward.”