The next few months will see the transformation of part of our first floor, also known as the Mezzanine Gallery. The works will create a space for visitors and residents to kick back, hang out and enjoy a snack and drink before and after our screenings, workshops and events.
This first phase of our capital vision looks to revitalise the first floor where thousands of cinema-goers and exhibition visitors pass through every year. Thanks to support from the Greater London Authority’s Good Growth Fund, we are:
- Creating a new Cinema Bar – a space for matinee and evening audiences to mingle, chat and meet, as well as a café-style space for families, young people and residents to plug in and chill out during the daytime. This new space, with visibility onto Bethnal Green Road, allows us to provide an accessible and improved drinks and snacks offer. We’ve heard your feedback on our front-of-house cinema experience, and we’ve seen the queues, so we can’t wait to have a new destination that works much better for everyone.
- Improving our provision for artists with a new Green Room giving direct access and a view into our biggest live events venue, The Stage. Performers and musicians will now have two dedicated green room spaces from The Stage, allowing us to house bigger line-ups more easily.
- Maintaining a space to exhibit visual art. Providing a gallery area, usually profiling the work of local or emerging artists, is still an important part of this space, with cinema audiences chancing upon experimental and thought-provoking visual art as they pass through.
Alongside these improvements to our first floor, we are also fixing some important (but hidden) elements of our mechanical and electrical systems. While these aren’t as noticeably impressive as (we hope) the first floor will be, they are intrinsic for us to ensure we can spend more time and money on delivering culture and opportunities. Thanks to Arts Council England’s Culture Recovery Fund for supporting us with this work.
This is the first phase of the wider Reimagining Rich Mix vision. Reimagining Rich Mix is all about making the most of our building, and giving people more ways to interact with us. It looks to: improve facilities for artists and communities; create a welcoming and open building; ensure our future sustainability by addressing building, mechanical and electrical issues; and upgrade our bars and performance spaces.
The works start on 21 October 2021 and are due to last 3-4 months. The first floor and The Stage will be affected, so please bear with us whilst we reroute some audiences during this time. We are still very much open with a somewhat reduced, but buzzy, live and cinema programme.
We can’t wait to welcome you to the new space!
We are working with:
Adam Khan Architects is a practice with an established reputation for built work of sensitivity, elegance and refinement which addresses key issues of our time: social inclusion, sustainability and the vitality of public space. Their design methodology is based on careful study of context, collaborative working methods and an active process of client and user engagement, underpinned by a commitment to the social potential of architecture. They work at a wide range of scale – landscape, city, building and room – enjoying the cross-fertilisation that this allows. Strategies for renewal typically include both renovation and new building, and look to exploit the latent potential in any found condition. They have experience delivering complex projects including significant cultural buildings, high-performance sustainability and community renewal projects. adamkhan.co.uk
Citizens Design Bureau was established as a co-operative company of architects. They enjoy working with interesting people to make unusual things happen, developing rigorously practical solutions that are woven with ingenuity and make people smile. citizensdesignbureau.net
PROJECT MANAGEMENT AND COST CONSULTANT
Equals Consulting is a leading independent cost and project management consultancy; they make projects happen — helping clients achieve the best possible results with tailored services and technical excellence. equalsconsulting.com
New Stages Limited is one of the country’s leading experts in capital project management and consultancy for arts organisations. newstagesltd.com
3Interiors specialise in providing fit-out and refurbishment solutions that exceed expectations. 3interiors.com
MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL CONSULTANT
Skelly and Couch is a dynamic firm of building environment and services engineering consultants based at Union Wharf near Old Street, London. skellyandcouch.com
Momentum are a creative, award-winning civil and structural engineering practice. momentumengineering.com
The Planning Lab are experienced planning advisors to cultural, heritage and creative sectors. theplanninglab.co.uk
David Bonnett Associates provides advice on Inclusive Design to clients and architects working on projects ranging from small visitor centres and landscape schemes to large-scale masterplans, transport interchanges and residential developments. davidbonnett.co.uk
FIRE SAFETY CONSULTANT
The Fire Surgery Ltd is an independent fire engineering design consultancy based in the City of London. They specialise in solving fire safety challenges for all manner of building types and uses; ranging from private residential design to significant mixed use developments. firesurgery.com
Got an idea about what we can offer in our new Cinema Bar? Or something else you’d like to tell us about your experience of our building? Let us know on firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear from you!