Posted on Tuesday 30 April 2019 by Ulster Business

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A £7.5m revamp of Belfast’s Grand Opera House has taken its next step as it opens up tenders for the ambitious project, it can be revealed.

Applications are now being invited from economic operators who want to be considered for inclusion on a restricted list of contractors for the refurbishment and upgrade of the listed building.

It’s due to shut for around 10 months in order for the work to take place.

The Grand Opera House was the first building in Belfast to attain grade A listed status, and is the only remaining Victorian theatre in Northern Ireland. Its historic auditorium is regarded as among the architecturally most important theatre interiors in the UK and Ireland.

The work will start next January, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

A planning application for listed building consent was submitted to Belfast City Council in July last year. It includes plans for the “refurbishment of existing auditorium including new seating layout and internal redecoration... refurbishment of associated bars and circulation areas, remodelling of existing modern extension including works to facade.”

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