As many people know (not least the residents of the Railway Village) the roof is being removed from the theatre due to concerns that it was in danger of collapse and therefore cause damage to the rest of the structure. Swindon Borough Council temporarily took control of the building in July to carry out Urgent Works after failing to receive sufficient reassurances from the owner, Forefront Estates, that it would do the work within a reasonable time and to the required standard. During investigations to commence the urgent works set out in the Urgent Works Report produced last year it was deemed that the roof needed immediate attention and an Emergency Repairs process is now underway on site. These Emergency Works are separate from the Urgent Works which we believe will commence as previously planned once the roof has been dealt with.
The Trust is urging Swindon Borough Council and other stakeholders to use this unfortunate situation as a catalyst and “wake up call” to bring about productive dialogue and partnership with the Trust to create a bright future for Swindon’s most important building.
BBC Points West visited Swindon last week to cover the issue and is available to watch by clicking here.
The Theatres Trust, the national advisory body for theatres has expressed their concerns and has shown its support for the Mechanics’ Trust’s efforts. The letter can be viewed by clicking here and more information on The Theatres Trust is available here: http://www.theatrestrust.org.uk/