Legal challenge calls interval on theatre revamp

10 December 2012

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10 December 2012 | Adam Leach

The refurbishment of a 134-year-old Glasgow theatre has been delayed after the tendering process had to be restarted following a successful legal challenge from a firm of architects. 

The Citizens Theatre was forced to retender for the renovation work after an as yet unnamed architects’ firm, which had failed to proceed to the preferred bidder stage, lodged a successful complaint against it.

The contract for the theatre, which is staging productions of Sleeping Beauty and Land Of The Great Big Dogs this month and has seen actors including Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman and Helen Baxendale walk its boards, covers building refurbishments and improvements to backstage areas.

Anna Stapleton, administrative director at the theatre, said: “We re-advertised the tender to redevelop the Citizens Theatre as a result of a legal challenge on a technicality arising from the initial process. Having taken advice, we have begun the process again.”

The theatre expects to have compiled a fresh final shortlist of bidders by Friday (14 December) and appoint a winner in February 2013.

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