UK-based Midas Group has started construction work on the redevelopment of St George's Bristol with the aim of transforming the site into one of the world's premier concert venues.
The £6m transformation project includes the development of a new pavilion-style extension, which is expected to be completed by next year.
The new extension was designed by architect Patel Taylor, and is set to feature various multi-purpose spaces for performances, education workshops and venue hire.
It will also feature a café bar, which will be open during the day and evening and have improved disabled access facilities.
Funding for the project has come from the UK’s Arts Council England, Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and Bristol City Council, as well as a number of charitable trusts, corporations, major donors and crowdfund supporters. Despite this, St George's is yet to raise the targeted £240,000 to support the redevelopment work.
St George’s Bristol chief executive Suzanne Rolt said: “St George’s is now embarking on its greatest adventure to date. For the last 40 years we have attracted some of the world’s best musicians.
“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, continue to attract world-class artists, and also run our education and outreach programmes.”
Plans also include the addition of interpretation displays in the crypt and extension of the gardens, as well as activities for schools, families and coach groups.
The new foyer will feature a glass sculpture named Apollo, which is to be designed by Bristol-based artist Luke Jerram.
Image: Construction work going on at St George’s Bristol. Photo: courtesy of Midas Group.