Client: Reconnect Regal
Reconnect is a charity that was established in 2017 to help evolve the Nations Cultural Heritage. The charity’s aims include utilisling and, where needed, restoring historic buildings and landscapes to allow the public and communities access to those locations and to provide access to the reconnective arts, which include art, music, theatre, movement, holistic therapies and any other activity that helps individuals and groups reconnect with themselves and one another.
The Reconnect Regal is our first big project. Built in 1938, this B listed, art-deco-style former cinema was taken on by Reconnect in 2018. Since then, we have grown the popularity of the venue with locals and provide an exciting mix of professional and community programming. The Regal is in need of modernisation and restoration, so a comprehensive redevelopment is being planned to allow for the stable future of the venue, where it belongs in the heart of Bathgate. The redevelopment will include the reinstatement of the balcony, and the restoration of the auditorium as well as opening the bar space up and adding in a fly tower to attract professional touring theatre to the venue. This revamped 500-seat venue will be regional sized, while still serving local community needs.