Posts Tagged ‘Capital’


Tricycle Transformed: Capital Project Update

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 by Tricycle

Our ambitious Capital Project is well underway! Right now, work is being done to make our theatre, backstage and front of house spaces accessible, provide our award-winning programme with a home it deserves, and secure our future.

Here’s an update on how the project is going, in which we we talk to some of the people who are making it happen, including the architects, builders and consultants.

There are several ways you can support our Capital Project. Click here for more information.


Tricycle Theatre receives 1 million pound cash boost from Brent Council

Monday, June 12th, 2017 by Tricycle

We are delighted to announce that Brent Council has awarded the Tricycle a large portion of the remaining funds needed to complete our ambitious Capital Project. Here is the statement from Brent:

Kilburn’s Tricycle Theatre is edging closer to securing the funds it needs to complete a major refurbishment after Brent Council approved funding of £1 million.

The iconic cultural venue on Kilburn High Road, has been at the heart of the borough’s vibrant arts scene since the 1980s and has already raised £5.5 million towards its renovation. The council funding will help the theatre to increase capacity by 25% from 232 to 292 seats, substantially improve accessibility and wheelchair access, enable the theatre to extend the range of activities they run and make improvements to its frontage.

With plans for improvement works on Kilburn High Road around the theatre also agreed, the 30 year partnership between Brent Council and the much loved theatre looks set to continue.

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills said: “The Tricycle Theatre has been a cultural hub for Kilburn, Brent and London since 1980. In recognition of the theatre’s economic, social and culture benefits the council has agreed to support its renovation with a grant of £1 million.

“The Tricycle is one of London’s most respected and loved theatres and the council is delighted to have secured its future as we build on the strong and positive relationship we have built up over the decades.”

Indhu Rubasingham, Artistic Director of the Tricycle Theatre said: “All of us at the Tricycle are beyond delighted by this game-changing contribution from Brent Council that puts us within reaching distance of achieving this hugely exciting and ambitious project. It is hard to put into words what this means, but ultimately it will allow us to accomplish our vision for the Tricycle and become a better version of ourselves. More facilities, much improved accessibility, increased capacity and a significantly enhanced experience for all who come through our door. We intend to make Brent proud of the Tricycle, a local theatre with an international presence that will be a beacon on Kilburn High Road.”

The works are due to be completed next year with the theatre set to re-open in spring 2018. 

Tricycle Transformed: View from the stalls | Image: Chapman WaterworthTricycle Transformed: View from the stage | Image: Chapman WaterworthTricycle Transformed: Impression of the foyer | Image: Chapman Waterworth

There are several ways you can donate to our Capital Project. Click here for more information.


Our £5.5 million Capital Development Project

Monday, January 25th, 2016 by Tricycle
  • Project supported by Tricycle ambassador Adrian Lester
  • Project will transform auditorium, increasing capacity by more than 50 seats
  • Improved access at heart of project 

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We’re planning an ambitious £5.5 million capital development project to transform our theatre auditorium and front of house spaces, with work scheduled to take place from this summer. Arts Council England has contributed £3.1 million to the scheme with a public campaign to raise additional funds set to be announced in due course.

Indhu Rubasingham – our Artistic Director – said: “This vital upgrade will help us to secure The Tricycle’s future and enable us to realise our ambitious vision by ensuring our venue is truly accessible and open to all. We are hugely excited about this and are deeply grateful to all those who have contributed to date.”

The project will increase the size of the auditorium by approximately 25%, and quadruple the number of permanent wheelchair accessible seats in the auditorium from 2 to 8, reinforcing our commitment to ensuring our programme is fully accessible to all. The new seating will be fully adaptable to allow for various staging configurations including in the round, cabaret and traverse.

The project will also create a new café on Kilburn High Road and greatly improved front of house facilities, enabling our venue to continue to thrive as a cultural hub for local residents and communities from across Brent and Camden. This vital work will form an integral part of the regeneration of Kilburn High Road.

Essential work will also be undertaken to make the entirety of backstage accessible and improve entry and exit points to the stage for the installation of productions.

Tricycle ambassador Adrian Lester has today pledged his support for the campaign. He said: “Under the leadership of Indhu Rubasingham, the Tricycle has blossomed as a venue in and for the community whilst proving itself as an incredible production powerhouse which rivals any UK theatre venue. I am delighted to be supporting this campaign that will lead to the transformation of the auditorium, with increased capacity, improved sightlines, greater accessibility and a better experience for both audiences and actors alike.”

We’ve commissioned architects ChapmanWaterworth to lead the project. ChapmanWaterworth’s previous projects have included the Rugby Football Union’s new headquarters at Twickenham Stadium, lfracombe Museum Extension and Masterplan and high profile retail developments in Covent Garden and Bond Street in London.

Architect Greg Chapman from ChampanWaterworth said: “We are absolutely delighted to be working with the Tricycle Theatre to create a more accessible and welcoming environment. We recognise the Tricycle operates at the highest level and we are proud to be a part of the team that will ensure their refurbished premises match their future aspirations. We believe that when completed, the changes will help ensure the Tricycle continues to be both an integral part of the local cultural fabric of this vibrant community and London as a whole.”

We plan to start works in the second half of 2016 with completion due in 2017 and will continue to programme work throughout the capital development project.