Caledonian Collection Flooring
- Project - Perth Theatre
- Product - Bespoke Prime Oak Plank Lacquered
- Location - Perth, Scotland
- Installed By - McKay Flooring
The Caledonian collection was selected to modernise the theatre, while simultaneously maintaining the historical features.
Perth Theatre is one of Scotland’s oldest theatres, and has received a considerable £15.5M refurbishment to update and restore Perth’s cultural landmark. The transformation of the B-listed property is extraordinary, including a three-storey extension, whilst still exposing the Edwardian building's original auditorium wall, which has been retained as a feature of the redeveloped space. The rejuvenated venue boasts a new foyer space, restaurant, bars, a new 200 seat studio theatre, and a community room. The refurbishment also included restoration of historical period features.
Horsecross Arts, which runs the theatre, has said the work has helped enhance the city's cultural reputation. Funding for the project has been made possible due to a number of sources, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, Perth and Kinross Council, Creative Scotland and other trusts and individual donors. This project has been a cornerstone of a creative regeneration of Perth.
Atkinson & Kirby and McKay Flooring worked together to produce a similar specification to the original hardwood flooring at site. The material needed to both perform well over time with heavy footfall in a commercial setting, whilst also sympathising with the appearance of the original flooring used. The building itself has transitioned from Classic Edwardian to contemporary, therefore the flooring had to add a fresh modern look, whilst also being cautious to ensure the theatre's B-listed Edwardian auditorium maintained it’s original traditional style and ambience.
The product chosen by the design team was an oak due it being hardwearing and durable. A high quality prime grade of oak was required giving a clean, airy, light and spacious feel to each large space it was laid in. The prime grade gives high consistency in colour and limits the difference of the natural tones, knots and grains of the oak.
Ffion Hughes, a member of the Marketing Team for Atkinson & Kirby said: “we were delighted to be part of this considerable transformation of a building which will draw tourists and local visitors to Perth for the purpose of fun and entertainment.”