Building work in full swing.
The Tower Office is now open and the main rehearsal room is ready - the first production to use it will be The Winter's Tale.
A Tower team has been working smartening up the ground floor, including mounting a display of some archive Tower photos and posters.
The Tower Office is now ready to go into operation and Jonathan Norris and Ruth Sanderson will move into the new building tomorrow (12th April). The office at the St. Bride Institute will close this afternoon. The telephone numbers and the office email address will remain the same.
The main demolition work in the basement is now complete and the dressing room area has now been stripped out ready for conversion. Work to install the new toilets is under currently way.
Electrical testing of all the Tower's equipment and cables has started so that items which have been in store for some time can be used safely in the new building.
The builders are now half-way through their 12-week programme of work on the site. A major milestone was achieved today when demolition in the theatre space was completed - just a few piles of rubble need to be removed.
Work continues in the basement to remove sections of the old swimming pool, which is proving challenging for our building team, and installation of the new toilets and various partition changes are also well under way.
On the ground floor, Tower members painted the new office at the weekend, and Jonathan and Ruth are due to transfer from the Bridewell to the new space next Wednesday (11th April). Work has also started at the Bridewell to pack up the Tower stock of props. ready for a move to Stoke Newington.
The main rehearsal room has been fitted out with tables and chairs, so it is now being used for meetings, and rehearsals will be starting in a couple of weeks time.
Looking further ahead, Tower members will have received details about a special event on Tuesday April 24th, when the Autumn Season will be announced and a Crowdfuding Appeal launched.
26th March 2018
The mezzanine floor has now been removed from the theatre space, and the associated steelwork should be dismantled by the end of this week. We can now see how the theatre will look - and very splendid it is too with the octagonal roof structure above the wooden beams.
A specialist diamond drilling company has been called in to attack the swimming pool, which is now slowly being cracked apart. And on a more mundane note, the building now has a working doorbell!
19th March 2018
The pace is hotting up - it's been an extremly busy week on site.
The building work is proceeding well with the main structure of the new box office in place awaiting plastering and painting; conversion of the basement area to form the wardrobe store is well under way, although demolishing the surround to the former swimming pool is proving tougher than expected; and the rebuilding of the toilet area to meet current standards has started.
We have had an intrepid abseiling roofer hard at work clearing all the gutters of years of pigeon debris and installing new pigeon nets.
Away from the new site, work has been going on sorting out ready for the move in to the new building. The props and drapes store at the Bridewell has been tidied up by a team led by Jean Carr, and a large amount of little-used or damaged items has been disposed of. The Tower Office, which will be the first part of our operation to move permanently into the new building next month, had a clear-out of unwanted old papers and equipment. And Jude Chalk has started working on re-building the all-important bar.
Back on site, Sunday saw a working group clearing the new stage management room and beginning to dismantle two enormous storage cupboards in the fire escape area. These would be really useful, but unfortunately they are flammable and so have to go to meet fire regulations.
14th March 2018
Our buiders discovered a cache of toy tools in a room which had at one time been used as a creche. The toys are now on their way to be donated to a more suitable home!
6th March 2018
We are very excited to report that builders moved into our building - newly re-christened the "Tower Theatre" - on Monday 26th February. They moved in quite literally - with sleeping bags, toothbrushes, kettles and toasters! Undeterred by the Beast From The East they have made fantastic progress and already sent away several skips of old plasterboard, tiles and general rubbish. The job is all about demolition and clearance at the moment : the area where the new ground floor toilets are to be has already been cleared and the removal of the first floor partitions is beginning to show how our new theatre space will look!