In late 2002 Stanton Williams was appointed to design a major extension for the Belgrade Theatre following a limited competition. The competition called for a building that would have its own strong identity, be at the heart of Coventry’s regeneration, and create a focal point for a new cultural quarter. The £11m project, accommodating a new studio theatre, rehearsal space and dressing rooms, foyer, bar, box office and refurbishment of the existing building opened in September 2007.
The context for the new theatre consists of a variety of buildings with some extreme changes in scale (a nineteenth century pub, 1960’s office buildings, residential towers). At least half of the context is not yet built including the new Belgrade Plaza development of shops, apartments, and hotels that will surround the new building in the next few years.
Within the local area changes in patterns of use have occurred in recent decades and the Belgrade Theatre has found itself to be