The Globe, Stockton
Interpretive planning and design
HLF Round 2 application completed November 2016, approved
Overall budget £8m – Interpretation budget £100k
This major heritage project, managed by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, will restore the Grade II Art Deco building to its former glory. We were ppointed in July 2016 to write and develop an Interpretation Design Plan.
Our design allows for the introduction of visual imagery and storytelling in a way that will not interrupt the flow of visitors through the building or day-to-day operations. Interpretation is placed in spaces that would naturally hold and display information so that it also forms part of the interior design details. For example, archive posters and playbills traditionally displayed in frames on walls, windows at street level could become glass ‘display cases’;graphic imagery could be etched into mirrors in toilets; interesting quotes and key dates could be stencilled to walls and above doorways; and wallpaper designs specially-commissioned to tell key stories in visually illustrative and engaging ways. Using these techniques and methodologies will The interpretive scheme will also be linked to the building’s wayfinding and signage, so that all aspects of a visit to The Globe contribute to reflecting its heritage and history, creating an appreciation and interest in the building and the events and people connected to it.
Our approach will chime with the brief’s core objectives, interpretation will be designed to reflect and work with the ‘language’ and ‘structure’ of the building — to complement the architecture and interiors, and reflect function. The original Globe Theatre was built in 1913 and was Teesside’s first purpose-built cinema. Demolished in 1925, it was first rebuilt in 1926, when it showed the area’s first ‘talkies’. It was rebuilt in 1935 on the same site, this time as a leading variety theatre but also including cinema facilities and seating 2,372 people. The Globe regularly hosted stage shows with national companies. In 1938, it became an ABC cinema but live performances continued including an annual pantomime, ballet and West End shows. In 1997 The Globe closed and remains so whilst ambitious plans for its redevelopment are underway.