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First look at £11.5m Opera House regeneration plan

First look at £11.5m Opera House regeneration plan

Thursday 19 January 2023

First look at £11.5m Opera House regeneration plan

Thursday 19 January 2023

Jersey’s iconic Opera House will be given a ‘new look’ front, if £11.5m proposals are approved.

The Government has today submitted planning application, which is yet to appear online, to “fully restore” the Grade 2 Listed building with a “modern glazed” front.

Accessibility and fire safety measures in the building will also be improved.

Economic Development Minister Deputy Kirsten Morel said the submission of the application was "an important milestone".

"The plans demonstrate that once the refurbishment is complete we will have a fit for purpose state-of-the-art facility long into the future," he said.

"While the renovations are carried out, we will be working closely with the Opera House Board to ensure the Island's arts community are kept informed of progress and that alternative venues are secured for artistic events and performances while work is completed."

Kirsten Morel Pierre Horsfall

Pictured: Deputy Kirsten Morel and Pierre Horsfall, current Chair of the Opera House Board.

Chair of Jersey Opera House Board Limited, Pierre Horsfall CBE, added: "The Opera House is a much-loved venue not only in the performing arts community but for all islanders. A great deal of work has been happening behind the scenes to reach this point and I am delighted to see the plans are on track to reopen this much loved venue for islanders once again."

The Opera House plans in detail...

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Posted by Scott Mills on
I can't even think of anything to say over this dead horse. 11.5 million to change the face. Wow wow wow. It's not broadway or the west end.....get over it. They love spending other people's money (the gov). Wonder what % of the population have never seen the inside of this building. Okay spend 11.5, that's a lovely modern face lift, what about behind the face...how much more money does it need to run (at a loss) and in 10 years will they need another £20 million. I've got a horse in my back field, how about I donate the horse, so they can flog it.
Posted by Jon Jon on
Those who want it saved should pay for it!
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What a disgraceful waste of public money.

This should be sold to the private sector so that the burden is off our tax bill.
Posted by Madeline Bates on
The Opera House is a beautiful, unique building. I hope they don't turn it into some modern eyesore, either inside or out.
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