Simon Leach Design won a competitive tender process to provide interpretive design and planning for a round 2 HLF submission for Darlington Civic Theatre. The interpretation will be part of a £8m project to transform and restore this Grade II listed building to its former Edwardian glory. This includes the restoration of the front exterior of the theatre, the creation of a stunning vaulted bar in the former water tower, more space for public circulation, improved seating and greater comfort for audiences, and better disabled access including a lift.