Open Air Theatre – Regents Park

Project Stats

  • Value: £0.8 m
  • Location: Regents Park, London
  • Contract Type: JCT Design and Build
  • Sector: Improvement and extension works to existing theatre facility.

Key Challenges

  • Royal Parks Location requiring specific protocols and procedures
  • Fast track 20 week programme that simply could not slip!
  • Loss of Key supplier due to insolvency mid contract
  • Working on an out door theatre during winter months!

MCD Construction were appointed to refurbish the Regents Park Out Door Theatre.  Initially to facilitate the theatre remaining open during any refurbishment works a temporary structure was constructed to accommodate performances and audiences. Following the success of the additional structure it became a requirement to convert the temporary theatre to a permanent one which included extending the seating capacity, reinforcing the steel structure, installing a new sound system and creating additional storage areas.  

MCD had originally appointed one of the largest and well know steel frame providers in the UK to provide added assurance to the client of completing the project on time.  Very unexpectedly the appointed steel frame supplier went in to liquidation leaving MCD to find a solution…. and fast!

MCD Construction drew on robust relationships with trusted supply chain partners and appointed steel frame providers Bubeard who through total collaboration borne from strong and trusted relationships with MCD, were able to quickly find a solution and manufacture the required frame without letting the programme slip.  This was vitally important as tickets forfuture performances had already been sold with performances planned to start shortly after the original hand over date.

The scheme also required careful coordination of deliveries and working hours in line with The Royal Parks protocols and with these, working all through the winter months and the steel frame challenges, MCD handed over within the agreed original 20 week programme ….. Meaning the show could go on!

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