Midas Construction has a tight one-year build schedule to transform St George’s Bristol into a world class concert venue.
The new pavilion-style extension has been designed by architect Patel Taylor. It will provide new space for performances, education workshops and venue hire.
Funding for the project has come from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund, Bristol City Council, charitable trusts, corporate and private donations and crowdfunding. However, St George’s still has £240,000 left to raise.
St George’s was built as a church in the 1820s but has been a concert venue since 1999, with its acoustics proving a particular attraction for performers and audiences alike.
Chief executive of St George’s Bristol, Suzanne Rolt, said: “St George’s is now embarking on its greatest adventure to date. This ambitious project will give us, and Bristol, a world-class music venue. For the first time ever we will be open seven days a week during the day as well as evenings. People will be able to explore the interpretation space and enjoy food and drink in the café bar.
“The new extension will also help the charity generate revenue to care for our beautiful building and gardens, to continue to attract world-class artists, and also run our education and outreach programmes. Plans for the opening celebrations are still at an early stage but we intend to work with established artists, community groups and partners.”
Midas Construction director Derek Quinn said: “As an established Bristol-based regional contractor, we are really excited to be working on this wonderfully designed project for the city. We are committed to employing locally wherever possible and look forward to creating a positive and lasting legacy for St George’s and future generations.”