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  • 1935

    Year built

  • £21.3M

    project value

  • 2020

    project completion

Transforming an iconic cultural landmark in the North East


  • Set to support the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s ambition for the Tees Valley to be named City of Culture 2025
  • Example of our commitment to restoring heritage buildings
  • Major renovation of 1935-built icon

Our experts in heritage and iconic community buildings are restoring another cultural icon in the 1935-built Globe Theatre in Stockton-on-Tees.

Our team are transforming and revitalising the Art Deco landmark so that this high street venue, which used to host acts such as The Beatles, will again soon be welcoming top names of theatre, music and comedy.

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To be operated by the Ambassador Theatre Group for the next 25 years, we have been appointed by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council to restore the icon, which will complement other great local developments like Darlington’s Hippodrome and support the Tees Valley Combined Authority’s ambition for the sub-region to be named City of Culture 2025.

In addition to transforming the much-loved theatre we are renovating the neighbouring 153 High Street building, a former bridal wear shop, which will provide box office and café bar facilities for the Globe as well as being able to operate as a standalone venue with a small performance area.

The project, procured through the Scape Major Works framework, has also received a £4.5m National Lottery grant through the National Lottery Heritage Fund's Heritage Enterprise Scheme.

Councillor Nigel Cooke, Stockton Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Housing, said:

“The Globe will be the biggest live entertainment venue between Newcastle and Leeds and will pull an estimated £18m into the local economy every single year.
We’re ambitious for the borough. If you want to achieve big things you’ve got to deliver big projects. There’s so much public love for the Globe and this is a once in a generation project to bring it back.”

Anthony Dillon, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the North said:

"It is fantastic to be working on the restoration of the Globe Theatre, breathing new life into a really iconic building for the community. We look forward to seeing it become a cultural hub once again for future generations to enjoy."

Our teams’ expertise in restoring a number of local attractions across the country extends far and wide, including Darlington Hippodrome, Plymouth’s History Centre 'The Box' and the East Wing at Alexandra Palace.