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The Theatre won the impressive South West Built Environment ‘Heritage’ award, which seeks exemplars of high quality restorations that use traditional methods and materials, as well as impacting positively on the local community and economy.

Local building contractor Speller Metcalfe spent 17 weeks meticulously refurbishing the theatre, which had previously been restored in the 1980s, albeit not up to the high quality standards of its original 19th century décor and architecture.

The recent restoration has instead incorporated features such as modern sound and lighting through to specialist artistry, plasterwork and internal structural repairs, bringing the Theatre back in line with its original elegance and craftsmanship.

As well as providing the residents of Cheltenham with a magnificent venue, Speller Metcalfe provided employed over 50 per cent of their sub-contractors from the local area and provided work experience opportunities for local apprentices, one of whom went on to win ‘Outstanding Apprentice of the Year’ at the Gloucestershire Apprenticeship Awards in April.

Local schools and colleges were also given school tours to engage pupils in the history of the Theatre as well as encourage use of the building for community performances and workshops.

Andy Metcalfe, Joint Managing Director for Speller Metcalfe, said: “This was a very prestigious restoration to be a part of, and we are absolutely delighted at the recognition of receiving the Heritage award.

“Not only has it been a successful and historically interesting project, but it has been important to Speller Metcalfe to be chosen as local contractors to work on a local project, as we understand the importance of such a venue to the local community.”

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