Go-ahead for redevelopment of London’s West End auditorium

Consolidated Developments Ltd, advised by planning consultants Iceni Projects, has been granted planning consent by Westminster Council for the redevelopment of The Arts Centre on Great Newport Street, WC2.

The Arts Theatre, which has been in operation since 1927, is the West End’s smallest commercial theatre but hosts over 300 performances every year.

The redevelopment will include a new 320 seat Arts Theatre Club, and associated rehearsal studio.

The vibrant mixed-use space will also include a restaurant, bars and a 66-bedroom boutique hotel across six storeys. It will also feature a sculpture gallery, outdoor pool and terrace.

The scheme secures the demolition behind a retained façade of 6-9 Great Newport Street and the renovation of the Grade II listed building at 5 Great Newport Street.

The design will protect the legacy of the building and create a fresh, new theatre space.

Richard Metcalfe at Consolidated Developments, said: “We are thrilled to obtain planning and listed building consent for this scheme, enabling us to secure the long term viability of the Arts Theatre through the creation of a state of the art theatre space. The addition of high quality hotel space and associate bars and restaurants will further reinforce the offer of the Arts Theatre, enabling it to compete within the competitive West End market.”

Anna Snow, Director at Iceni Projects, added: “The redevelopment of this iconic theatre presents a fantastic opportunity to rejuvenate a popular entertainment space in London’s West End and build on its existing grandeur. The new theatre will offer visitors a truly unique experience.

“It is great to be a part of this long-term project, working once more with Consolidated Developments Ltd following our success last month securing planning consent for the St Giles Circus development.”