Significant restoration works are under way at the Globe.
With the roof now watertight, all asbestos removed and the necessary surveys and investigations complete, Willmott Dixon, will soon join 153 High Street with the Globe and prepare to start the new build parts of the restoration which will include increasing the dressing room space and providing technical support and equipment suitable for major touring shows.
Meanwhile, any salvageable pieces, such as sections of the stage, doors, and some of the bingo seats have been stored so that they can be returned to the restored Globe or form part of a display.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Councillor Nigel Cooke, said: “The Globe is a huge part of Stockton’s heritage so we want to make sure that everything that is in a condition that can either be reused or brought back into use is maintained.
“By removing historic parts of the building now we can ensure that they are preserved and protected for future use while the major build work, which will include significant internal demolition and stripping out of unsalvageable areas, takes place over the coming few months.
“In the meantime a team of designers are developing detailed plans for the inside of the revamped Globe which promise to bring the venue back to its art-deco glory yet are well suited to the kind of large scale, 21st Century acts that will play there when it reopens in spring 2019.”
The restoration of the Globe is being funded by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and a £4.5m National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)’s Heritage Enterprise scheme.
A display space has opened in the Rediscover Stockton shop on the High Street to showcase some of the items which have been discovered in the Globe so far.
To follow the Globe’s restoration journey visit www.facebook.com/TheGlobeStockton