The outside refurbishment of Theatre is now complete; it’s been a long time since the Pavilion has looked so good. The stonework has been washed, pointed, loose brickwork and especially chimneys have been taken down and rebuilt with additional stainless steel ties added for added support where required. It is now amazing to see some of the features and details within the stonework, so next time you are passing look up and see what great workmanship there was away back in the early 1900’s. Windows have all been repaired, sealed and painted, modern additional LED outside lighting has been added to enhance the building and we have kept this really colourful in true Variety Style, together with the new neon signs the theatre is amazing at night and looks very welcoming and with the completion of the outside works this enhances last year’s interior refurbishment. I think we must now be one of the Best Kept Theatres in Glasgow and we are proud of achieving this from our own funds all generated from ticket sales and not a penny from the public purse. We even had to pay the Council to take down two street lamps so we could get the scaffolding erected, ridiculous is that? Especially when all they did, was demolish these with a hammer, the sign of true tradesmen.
We also took this opportunity to fully replace the theatre sound system and now probably have the best system in any theatre in Scotland, all fully supplied, installed and commissioned by The Warehouse …another great Scottish company. I would like to say a big thank you to all the contractors who worked on this project and again we are proud that these were all local companies rather than similar projects in Glasgow that seem to go to across the border or even further afield.
It is good to keep the money generated in Glasgow in Glasgow.
So special Big thanks to:
Ronnie Sims of GuardianStone Stonemasons, 19 Calderpark Road, Glasgow, G71 7RG, 0141 781 0999, www.guardianstone.co.uk
Robert Campbell of HF Electric, HF Group, 100 Albert Drive, Glasgow, G41 2SJ, 0141 429 5575, www.hf-group.co.uk
Stuart Sillars of A.L. Sillars Blacksmiths – 18 Watson Street, Glasgow, G1 5AF, 0141 552 3391
Advertising Signs 6 Dunlin Court, Strathclyde Business Park, Bellshill, ML4 3NH, 01698 844 114, www.adsigns.co.uk for the Neon Sign
Gordon Emslie – Emslie Decorators, 07930 820450
Douglas Sannachan of Artisani Production for Stained-Glass Windows, 07887 790432
MacMillan Property Maintenance Ltd, 11 Duntreath Gardens, Glasgow, G15 6SH, 0141 944 3415
Allan Janette of City Centre Maintenance Limited, 1D Payne Street, Port Dundas, Glasgow, G4 0LE, 0141 552 2419
Peter McGinlay of City Glazing and Services Ltd, 07818 043116
Supplier of the outside lighting Andrew Stringer Whitelight, Jubilee Way, 20 Merton Industrial Park, London, SW19 3WL, 01422 839651, www.whitelight.ltd.uk
The Warehouse Sound Services, 40 Carmichael St, Glasgow G51 2QU, 0141 445 4466, www.warehousesound.co.uk
Not forgetting all my own staff who again worked over and above their normal duties to bring the Grand Old Lady of Renfield Street back to life.
Davie Maloney, Scott Gordon, Marie Donnelly, Jamie Gordon, Brian Maloney and all other staff who had to put up with the mess that the works created but who all mucked in.
We look forward to a great autumn season and welcome your comments on the refurbishment.