Raised Floor Solutions has been contracted to assist with the renovation of Bolton’s iconic Octagon Theatre.
Constructed in 1967 and funded entirely by donations from the public, the Octagon was the first theatre to be built in the North West of England after World War II. It also proudly remains a ‘producing theatre’; staging its own shows with an ‘in-house’ cast and crew, and often premiering works by local writers.
The Theatre temporarily closed in 2018 to commence an £8.5m expansion and renovation programme. The works include the renovation of the Studio Theatre, for which Raised Floor Solutions’ Access Flooring team has provided expert design advice in addition to supplying and installing Kingspan Access Flooring.
The Studio Theatre required modernising to create a future proof and versatile space that could accommodate many different types of performances. The Theatre also wanted to contain electric cabling, such as that used for lighting and special effects technology, within the floor of the performance space whilst retaining a level surface.
Access Floors supplied and installed 221m2 of Kingspan Access Flooring as part of the renovation works. Both RG2 and DRF profiles were specified, according to the requirements of the space. The combination will allow the Theatre team to easily and repeatedly remove and replace panels (RG2) to access facilities beneath the floor, but will also support heavy duty equipment and staging when required (DRF).
Other renovation work underway at the Theatre includes the creation of a new rehearsal space and the refurbishment of the main theatre, foyer, back of house and administration areas.
The programme is part of a £1billion Masterplan for the town of Bolton.