January 24, 2023

First look at how the Hub makeover is shaping up

Here’s a sneaky peek of how our Hub revamp is shaping up.

Staff and volunteers were given special access to the £85,000 project, and given a progress report on work which is due to finish ahead of schedule. And we are delighted share some pictures and information with you.

Our VIP visitors were shown the tweaked layout which sees “windbreak” porches next to the doors. The newly-positioned box office, updated counter and tables are getting new marble-effect finishes made from reconstituted stone.

A mirror effect wall at the far end is also being reflected behind the bar, and updated seating will include re-covered antique brown leather benches along the windows.

Project manager Andy Woodley, estates surveyor for our landlords North Norfolk District Council, explained that a lot of material had been recycled including wood from the box office being used to make the porches.

New LED lighting throughout the building is already cutting power bills, and special film being added to the windows will help maintain the temperature all year round.

Theatre chairman Jonathan Beak said he hoped the new look Hub would not only be welcomed by existing regular customers but also encourage new visitors to reinforce the venue’s role as a venue for the whole community.

Director Debbie Thompson described the transformation in the past two weeks as incredible. The aim is to have a “soft” opening in early February ahead of the return of monthly quizzes on February 7 and a formal opening on February 11.

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