Hertford Theatre’s Growth And Legacy Development Awards Contract
Published 15th March 2022
Pictured (left to right): Rebecca Butcher, Marketing & Digital Content Lead for Hertford Theatre; Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for Wellbeing at East Herts Council and David Morford, Director at GPF Lewis outside Hertford Theatre
Hertford Theatre’s £24million Growth And Legacy Development, to transform the theatre into a thriving hub for arts and culture, reaches a significant milestone today as East Herts Council announces that the contract has been granted to award winning national contractor, and Hertfordshire based, GPF Lewis.    

Highlights include Increased seating and new circle level in the main auditorium, three new bespoke cinemas, new dance studios, first floor bar, riverside café, plaza style foyer and development of an Education & Wellbeing department for schools and community groups, as well as improved back stage facilities.  These will all spring to life as GPF Lewis set about making the detailed plans a reality. 

Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for Wellbeing at East Herts Council said:

“This project is so important, not just for Hertford and its residents, but for the wider communities too and I am delighted to announce that Hertfordshire based GPF Lewis are the contractor we have chosen to help us move it forward. 

“Residents, business owners and tenants located near the theatre can be assured that GPF Lewis not only bring their expertise in construction but also their experience of engaging with the communities within which they are working; and they will be keeping all relevant parties informed on noise and surface access measures as the development progresses.

“I’d also like to thank Bennetts Associates our Architects and Bristow Johnson Cost Management for their valued input that has enabled us to reach this position with a strong development plan in place with which to take forward and implement our vision.

“The appointment of this reputable contractor means that not only can we begin construction, but it also signifies the turning point in this project when we can start to look forward to the re-opening of Hertford Theatre towards the end of next year.”

Commenting on behalf of GPF Lewis, Director, David Morford said:

“We are extremely excited to be trusted with the delivery of such an iconic building and have been impressed with the design concept and calibre of the team involved. 

“As a locally-based contractor, we are certain that this will be a flagship project not only for GPF Lewis, but also for East Herts Council, the designers and the people of Hertford.  Together with our Client’s team, we look forward to successfully delivering a beautiful new landmark facility for the community of East Herts.”

Director of Hertford Theatre , and Arts Advisor to East Herts Council, Rhys Thomas commented:

“This scheme is a game-changer. We are excited to bring the very best first-release films, theatre productions and community activity to our audiences in Hertford and beyond. This growth and legacy development will revitalise Hertford, injecting a new vibrancy into the town centre and will unlock a new and compelling cultural and heritage offer for many years to come.”

Work will begin in the coming weeks to prepare the site.  Construction will start in May with an expected completion date toward the end of 2023. 

Full details about the development can be found at www.eastherts.gov.uk/hertford-theatre

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 Notes to editors:

  • GPF Lewis are based in Kings Langley, Hertfordshire.  For further media information contact Kate Dives by emailing kate.dives@gpflewis.co.uk

  • Pictured left to right: Rebecca Butcher, Marketing & Digital Content Lead for Hertford Theatre; Eric Buckmaster, Executive Member for Wellbeing at East Herts Council and David Morford, Director at GPF Lewis outside Hertford Theatre