Galliard hits the stage with £750m resi conversion of Shakespeare theatre site
Galliard Homes, Cain Hoy, McCourt, Vanke and The Estate Office Shoreditch have launched The Stage in Shoreditch, a £750m transformation of the 2.3 acre site of William Shakespeare’s Curtain Theatre, where Romeo & Juliet and Henry V were first performed, into a new mixed use destination for London.
The Stage, Shoreditch
Close to the City of London, the Old Street Tech City Enterprise Zone and Hoxton, The Stage is located off Curtain Road in trendy Shoreditch. With a masterplan by architects Perkins + Will and interiors by Argent Design, The Stage is designed around a new central 1.28 acre public square that will showcase the sunken remains of Shakespeare’s Tudor theatre.
Stephen Conway, chief executive of Galliard Homes said: “The Stage will provide a world class new destination for London. At its heart will be a new central square, one of the largest public open spaces to be created in the capital, bordered by historic and new buildings providing cafes, restaurants, shops, offices and new homes. For apartment purchasers it offers the best new address in London and an exceptional lifestyle choice and long term investment opportunity.”
The new central square, one of the largest to be created in the capital, will be bordered by 400,000 sq ft of mixed use space including cafes, restaurants and shops with four striking new buildings; a 37 storey landmark residential tower providing 412 private sale apartments and penthouses; two office buildings providing over 257,000 sq ft of commercial space and retail premises at ground level and a leisure/performing arts pavilion - complete with an existing 19th century railway viaduct located on one side of the new square. The viaduct will be restored with the historic brick arches accommodating 9,000 sq ft of new shops and bars fronting the square and the top of the viaduct landscaped into a park with a tea and coffee house overlooking the square.
The historic remains of the Elizabethan Curtain Theatre, dating back to 1577, were discovered three metres below the surface of the development. The remains and objects found during the dig will be excavated, preserved and displayed in a cultural centerpiece within the development.
Under current plans there will be a heritage centre where visitors will have a chance to walk on a glass platform just above the theatre remains, view objects from the dig and watch augmented reality of scenes from Shakespeare plays. The glass ceiling of the centre, which is below ground, will form part of the new public square, enabling visitors to look down onto the remains of the theatre. Steps leading down to the centre form part of a 200 seat sunken amphitheatre where plays can be performed or people can sit and relax.
London’s oldest Shakespearean playhouse, the Curtain Theatre was home to William Shakespeare’s Theatre Company. It is believed to be where his plays Romeo and Juliet and Henry V were first performed.
The 37 storey residential tower at The Stage will rise 413 ft. The tower will have floor to ceiling glazing, balconies, high speed elevators, 32nd level Sky bar and lifestyle amenities and business facilities.
Situated next to the residential tower within the Hewett building will be a health club at the site. The main construction works for the development are anticipated to commence in April 2016 with final build completion scheduled for the first quarter of 2019.