WORK will be starting shortly to improve the lighting at Swansea’s Grand Theatre making it greener and more energy-efficient for when it is safe for performances to resume.
New LED fittings will replace old bulbs in the front of house area and backstage cutting energy use by up to 50 per cent.
It is part of a continued investment by Swansea Council in the popular venue, part of which is currently being used as a Covid testing centre.
Theatre staff are working in partnership with the Race Council Cymru on creating a cultural and digital hub in the Arts Wing to build a more diverse audience.
This pioneering project, in conjunction with investment in the bars and restaurant by the Theatre’s catering partner, Gower Brewery, and vibrant new website and branding, will ensure that the theatre continues to be at the heart of Swansea’s culture.
Robert Francis-Davies, Cabinet Member for Investment, Regeneration & Tourism, said:
“Swansea Grand Theatre has lit up the lives of thousands of Swansea’s citizens over many years, and now energy saving at the building is in the spotlight.
“The theatre’s lighting project is a key part of the council’s sustainability strategy, which aims to do what we do better, but, most importantly, to do things differently to ensure a safe, sustainable and successful Swansea for current and future generations.”
Theatre staff are working on the upgrade with Ameresco Inc, an international company specialising in energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions.
Another of the city’s iconic buildings, The Brangwyn Hall, has also seen investment during the lockdown.
The Hall’s beautiful block wooden floor is now being re-sealed and returned to its former glory by a team of staff including the Brangwyn technicians and the Council’s Events Team.
The floor in The George Hall has also had the same treatment and is awaiting the final seal.
Significant maintenance has also been undertaken whilst the Brangwyn has been closed, including servicing the sound system and all of the lighting.