East London art deco venue Troxy has unveiled a substantial restoration project in conjunction with its 88th birthday, last weekend.

The venue, which reopens this month with a series of events, including a gig with legendary ska band The Specials on 25th September, has completed the first stages of an ambitious transformation project. The team has been working for over 12 months, to create a brand-new stage, enabling larger productions, restored the foyer and entrance area and created new facilities for visitors to the venue.

The project design has been led by historic building specialists Ian Chalk Architects with on site management by M Bradbrook Electrical Services. The owners of Troxy have invested heavily in the refurbishment with significant support from Arts Council England. The works have been championed by the Theatres Trust and Tower Hamlets Council, ensuring every element is in line with its Grade II listed status.

On arrival, visitors to the venue will immediately see the return of the stunning travertine floor in the foyer thanks to the removal of the 1990s box office and renovation by stonemasons. This space has been completely transformed in line with its original design.

The stage has undergone a huge amount of work to expose the original fly tower within the original proscenium arch, not seen since the 1970s, and bring it up to date with cutting edge production. The stage has moved back to where it was situated in the 1930s. The non-authentic rear wall has been removed to expose the huge original stage area, behind the proscenium arch. One huge stage area with wings has been created, enabling large scale productions with rapid changeovers for concerts and award ceremonies.

Gig goers will be pleased to hear that the ventilation systems have been overhauled to bring the original venue plant back into use, creating much improved airflow and conditions for concerts and club nights. The venue has eliminated any recirculating air, so it now runs at a 100% fresh air supply.

%d bloggers like this: