Hammersmith Apollo undergoes multi-million pound restoration

The Grade II-listed Art Deco venue renowned for live music and comedy acts is undergoing a multi-million pound revamp thanks to investment from new owners AEG Live and CTS Eventim.

Hammersmith Apollo auditorium
Hammersmith Apollo auditorium

Foster Wilson architects will take on the work to restore two marble staircases currently hidden beneath the extended stage.

Original mosaic panels in the foyer floor will also be restored, while in the circle the original windows will be revealed to let natural light into the circle bar. Multi-coloured LED lighting will highlight the building’s exterior.

New bars and seating in the stalls will also be installed and in the circle, seats will be re-upholstered and raised to improve legroom and comfort. By re-organising the stalls seating layout, the venue has been able to double the space available for wheelchair users.

Work is scheduled for completion at the end of August, ahead of the first gig in the refurbished venue on 7 September 2013.

Originally built as a ‘supercinema’ in 1932, the Hammersmith Apollo has since seen sell-out performances such as David Bowie’s final Ziggy Stardust concert and the Rolling Stones.

Colin Chapple, chief operating officer of AEG Live, said: "As the new owners AEG and CTS Eventim recognised that London deserved more from one of its foremost venues.

"With a passion for delivering a high standard of comfort to the fan the changes we are making in seating, ventilation and the bar operations will ensure they will enjoy the best music and comedy talent in a wonderful venue capturing the original Art Deco heritage."

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