Main construction works are set to start this April on a £750m mixed-use scheme in Shoreditch, London.
The scheme in Shoreditch, East London, is a £750m project on the site of the Curtain theatre, believed to be the scene of the first ever performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
The famous theatre is believed to have opened in 1577 and was one of the first purpose built theatres in London and was home to a some of London’s largest plays until 1622. Its rediscovery in 2012 caused huge excitement for playwright fans and scholars.
These historic remains will be at the heart of the huge mixed-use redevelopment. Plans will see the creation of a heritage centre where visitors will be able to walk on a glass platform just above the remnants, view objects from the dig and watch augmented reality of scenes from Shakespeare plays.
Construction on the development, which covers a 2.3acre site and includes commercial buildings, as well as the apartment tower, is expected to begin in April 2016 and finish in early 2019.
The newly created square will have the historic ruins as its centre piece but will be bordered by 400,000 sq ft of mixed use space including cafes, restaurants and shops.
The scheme will also include a 37 storey residential tower providing 412 apartments, two office buildings providing over 257,000 sq ft of commercial space.
An existing railway viaduct that creates one side of the new square will be restored with the historic brick arches and will accommodate 9,000 sq ft of new shops and bars.
Stephen Conway, Chief Executive of Galliard Homes said: “The Stage will provide a world class new destination for London. At its heart will be a new central square, one of the largest public open spaces to be created in the capital, bordered by historic and new buildings providing cafes, restaurants, shops, offices and new homes.’’