WITH big acts come big sets, and work to create the access for them is under way at the rear of the Globe.
The wall at the back of the Grade II listed building, which is being restored with National Lottery support as a 3,000 capacity live music and comedy venue, is being carefully dismantled.
This will create space where a state-of-the-art scissor lift will be installed so that large shows with sets and equipment can be moved from street level directly to the stage.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, Councillor Nigel Cooke, said: “The Globe will welcome bands, artists and comedians from all over the world so we need to make sure we have an easy access route for their sets.
“It will be the largest venue between Newcastle and Leeds and everything we are doing is about ensuring it can accommodate the biggest and best names in entertainment.
“It’s also about helping it to hit the ground running and establish itself very quickly so that we can realise the estimated £18million a year benefit it will bring to the local economy as soon as possible.”
Earlier this year the dressing room block was demolished in preparation for the construction of a six storey extension housing additional dressing rooms, a green room as well as a full high tech production and security facilities.
The work is being funded by the Council and a £4.5m National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)’s Heritage Enterprise scheme.
For more on the Globe’s restoration journey visit www.facebook.com/TheGlobeStockton