Project information

BLT Survival and Development Appeal

Our theatre needs modernising to ensure continuity. Elderly and disabled access is poor and the building has rain penetration and inefficient energy usage. We also want to extend our ability to encourage young people and members of our diverse neighbourhood to participate in arts activities.

July 2018 - September 2018

Charity information: Bromley Little Theatre Ltd

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  • Need

    Need

    BLT is housed in a converted Victorian bakery so whilst combining the pursuit of artistic excellence and embracing our working past it falls well short of current requirements for safe and efficient access and our intent to develop our impact on our wider community in particular young people and others seeking to improve their life experiences. We have an enviable reputation for excellence and inclusion which is severely hampered by the constraints of our accommodation. We mean to change that.

    Solution

    We have long term plans to improve our buildings. This specific project would form the second phase by providing cover over our foyer and second performance area thus enabling us to move towards changing access to all of our spaces in the immediate future. We cannot invest in the kind of improvements we need to make until we have ensured the building is watertight. Once it is we can begin re-arranging our accommodation and replacing the means of accessing it.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Replace the existing roof over our foyer/bar area making it watertight and more energy efficient.


    Activities

    » The improved weather proofing and resultant energy efficiency and more comfortable environment will be self evident

    What success will look like

    The improved weather proofing will eliminate rain penetration. The resultant energy efficiency and the environmental improvement & sustainability of the space will be self evident


  • Impact

    Impact

    With a new more efficient roof in place we will be able to start work on improving our access. This will manifest itself by providing safer means of entering and leaving our building which will in turn make it easier for more people to use our facilities. We currently enjoy substantial support from our audiences and do not expect these changes to significantly impact on numbers however it will vastly increase their safety and comfort.

    Risk

    There is no risk involved in undertaking this project. There is however a risk that the fabric of our building will be severely affected by us NOT addressing these current deficiencies. The work has to be done if the building and our organisation is to survive in the long term. This project aims to address the problem as a matter of considerable urgency.

    Reporting

    Our long term plans for the survival of our buildings consist of a master plan which this project is a part of.
    We have a phased plan for the implementation of all of this work. We would provide funders with access to this information and supply regular updates on our progress.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £25,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,000 phase one site preperation
      £1,500 phase two waterproofing
      £6,000 phase three removing existing roof
      £8,000 phase four replacement roof
      £2,000 phase five insulation
      £1,500 phase six re-wiring
      £1,000 phase seven decoration
      £4,000 phase eight heating and air con

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Bromley Little Theatre £20,000 Guaranteed
  • Background

    Location

    A district of south east London England, located 9.3 miles south east of Charing Cross. It is the administrative headquarters of the London Borough of Bromley. As part of the suburban growth of London in the 20th century, Bromley has significantly increased in population & is identified as a major metropolitan centre in the London Plan. Developing into one of a handful of regionally significant commercial & retail districts outside central London it has formed part of Greater London since 1965.

    Beneficiaries

    Initially the main beneficiaries will be existing audiences who will be able to safely access our building and once there be more comfortable because of improved energy management. Long term aims include providing facilities for new users of our spaces which would include parents and toddlers and elderly and less able people who currently find access so difficult. There is also the expectation that we will be able to increase membership of our youth theatre when our spaces have been re-organised

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Because we are the present tenants of this property and have been for almost eighty years, we are obviously best placed to identify the problems associated with the building and the project that it houses. We have a dedicated and enthusiastic membership and considerable support from our audiences, local businesses and other organisations. BLT is recognised by Bromley council as a beacon of excellence and a significant contributor to the night-time economy of the borough.

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    People

    The Members

    The main people are our talented, enthusiastic and dedicated members who have in the past and will in the future given financial and physical support.

    Keith Jeremiah

    A retired structural engineer who has worked tirelessly alongside our architects on a series of options and strategies for our planned development.

    Pauline Armour

    Our artistic director who plans our annual seasons so successfully and thereby manages to maintain support for our exciting and eclectic programme.

    Richard Cornwell

    Overseer of our buildings management and advisor on imminent problems. He is skilled at addressing the myriad problems our ancient building presents.