Kier has completed construction of the new Shakespeare North Playhouse theatre in Prescot, UK, for Knowsley Council.

The project was procured through the North West Construction Hub framework. Work on the theatre commenced in early 2020.

The Shakespeare North Playhouse was designed and built to remain true to the authenticity of the Jacobean design and features modern and accessible spaces for visitors. 

The building includes a flexible theatre with a capacity of between 320 and 472 seats, a visitor centre, and a digital gallery.

It also has additional performance spaces including a coffee shop, an outdoor performance garden, and office space. 

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The company stated that the new theatre was designed based on the iconic 17th century ‘cockpit-in-court’ design.

It was constructed using reclaimed hardwood and was designed and crafted by hand, which is a traditional construction technique.

Kier said that the project was part of a UK-first trial of the Building for a Sustainable World framework, which was launched in 2020, to support the company’s strategy to deliver net-zero carbon emissions.

Kier Construction North & Scotland regional director Sean Fenner said: “Shakespeare North Playhouse is a unique project that we know means so much to the people of Prescot and the wider community.

“Working alongside our local supply chain partners, Kier has utilised its technical skill as well as trialled sustainable innovations to deliver a modern, accessible and energy efficient building.”

Last month, the company announced the completion of construction of the Passivhaus leisure centre, St Sidwell’s Point, for Exeter City Council.