Montrose Playhouse Project


The project began as a simple regeneration idea for a community cinema and has developed, through market research and community consultation into a plan for a multi-dimensional facility which will act as an engine for social change in the community. Local volunteers stripped out the building to a shell prior to commencement of the conversion works. The playhouse will include an adaptable three screen cinema, education and exhibition spaces, retail space and café bar. This is a community focussed project ran by local volunteers, a plan for a multi-dimensional facility.

Scope of Works

The project will transform a derelict former swimming pool in the town centre of Montrose into a community hub for arts and education benefitting north Angus and lower Aberdeenshire. 

The playhouse will include an adaptable three screen cinema, education and exhibition spaces, retail space and café bar. 

Works comprise:

  • Remainder of strip out works i.e.  asbestos ceiling tiles to pool hall; Ventilation Ducts in Ceiling; Diving Board Structure (substantial concrete and steel cantilevered structure); Services on Roof; Scrap Metal – (Copper, Steel etc); Basement Dig Out ready for a new concrete floor to be laid; Basement – two areas of brick concrete build ups that require removed or taken down to floor level;
  • Builder Work  – below ground drainage; concrete foundations; concrete floor slabs; solid concrete floor slab over existing pool; blockwork partitions; forming dormer openings in concrete roof for projector rooms, precast concrete stairs; forming new openings in existing walls/floors/roof; building up existing openings;
  • Joiner work: all work to structural floors; chipboard flooring throughout and to new auditoria floor; cavity barriers; timber framing and OSB/plywood coverings to existing roof; new canopy roof & new canopy soffit; framing/insulation/plasterboard to existing openings; plasterbroard to internal wall linings; framing & cladding to external chimney; internal & external doors; new windows; staircases and all components/handrails; internal skirtings/door facings/door stops/windows sills;
  • Structural Steel Work i.e. steel infill to the existing swimming pool;
  • Mechanical and Heating Works
  • Contractor Design element including BMS, ventilation; above ground drainage; hot & cold water supply; sanitary ware; gutters & downpipes;
  • Contractor Design Electrical Work including collaboration with Arts Alliance Media to position sound and light and all other electrical equipment required for each cinema screen, fire, alarm and emergency lighting;
  • Fixture and Fittings  including all fixed seating, shelving, counters, units, toilet cubicles, vanity units etc; roofing, render, decoration and floor finishes.

The Outcome

The Playhouse will be a prominent, distinctive facility in Angus for social and cultural events which will enable audiences and participants to see, experience, learn and create in a safe and welcoming environment. With three adaptable cinema screens, two flexible activity rooms, a modern, comfortable café bar and a packed programme of events, workshops, classes and activities aimed at all ages and abilities.

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Key Information

"The Playhouse team would like to thank you all very much for all the work and effort to date on the building. We had a tour yesterday with the team and everyone is really impressed with the progress - as am I. The teams you have on site are working great together and they are all very helpful - things are moving at a good pace for us."
David Paton, Montrose Playhouse Project

Colin Mercer

Construction Director

Colin has been in continuous employment within the UK Building and Construction industry since 1985. An articulated pupil ship with John Laing Construction launched his career that has seen him employed by 5 of the UKs top 50 Contractors. 20 years as a construction planner added to a wealth of multi-sector construction management experience, enables Colin to effectively lead his site teams through the most complex of projects, safely and efficiently. He is passionate about achieving customer satisfaction and developing talent through the UK construction industry.