Classic Refurbishments – Ayr Gaiety Theatre

Classic Fit Outs and Refurbishments

Progress, improvement, development, betterment. We are all guilty of constantly seeking the next challenge and looking forward to the next project or refurbishment.

Sometimes it’s worth spending a bit of time looking back though.

So, that’s what we’re doing here.

Let’s take a look at one of our all-time favourite refurbishment projects: Ayr Gaiety Theatre.

The Venue

Ayr Gaiety is a supremely impressive building. Dating back to 1902, there’s a real sense of history within the theatre and it is rightfully protected with listed building status in Scotland.

The feeling of grandeur is heightened by the beautiful and intricate detailing inside. The design is truly spectacular, and it is no surprise that locals have been inspired and entertained in the theatre for well over 100 years now.

The Ayr Gaiety Partnership has been in charge of running the venue in recent years. The Ayr Gaiety Partnership is a charitable body formed by local community figures, with membership open to local residents.

They took control of the theatre in 2012, and set about raising the money to carry out much need refurbishment work on the theatre.

Ayr Gaiety Theatre

The Project

Worksmart Contracts were able to secure the works through a competitive tendering process. The greatest challenge for Worksmart during the project was Ayr Gaiety’s busy programme of events.

The ever-popular theatre was set to begin shows just one week after project completion. This meant that there was no room for error and the project had to be delivered on schedule.

The works involved Worksmart fully refurbishing the venue to bring the theatre up to modern standards and ensure it could compete as a state-of-the-art venue. Worksmart’s teams refurbished four floors and a full auditorium during the works.

The Gaiety is an iconic part of the Ayrshire community and Worksmart are proud to have been involved in restoring it to its former glory. Also involved in the project were esteemed architects Austin-Smith: Lord.

Ayr Gaiety Theatre detailing interior

Present Day

2020 has been a very difficult time for many industries and perhaps the hardest hit has been the arts.

COVID-19 has forced historic venues like The Gaiety to close its doors to the public.

You can support Ayr Gaiety via its ‘Lockdown Season’ events.

This is The Gaiety’s new online programme of theatre, workshops and events. It’s a place for you to watch shows and live streams, and maybe even take part in some creative sessions or conversations.

You can find more information here

Worksmart Contracts at Ayr Gaiety Theatre