£1m funding awarded to Nottingham Playhouse 14th August, 2013 Daniel Birkett
The Nottingham Playhouse, a Grade II listed building has been awarded £1,000,000 to install solar panelling on its roof to help the theatre ‘go green’.
The money has been awarded by the Arts Council England (ACE) and will be used to install 156 solar panels on the roof of the historic venue as well as being used to implement various energy saving measures.
Energy efficient heating and lighting is currently difficult to achieve at the Playhouse due the age of the building but the funding will help with the implementation of modern, viable solutions. The new features which will be added to the theatre will include solar panels, energy efficient lighting, heat saving doors and double glazing. The 156 solar panels will be capable of generating enough power to save £4,500 annually and included with the other energy saving measures a saving of £35,000 a year is expected. Any money that is saved from the modifications will be used to develop local education facilities and the theatre itself.
The Nottingham Playhouse is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and the ‘Playhouse 50 Capital Appeal’ is hoping to raise another £75k in donations within the next 6 months to ensure the new energy saving measures are implemented. The theatre has asked visitors to donate as little as £1 to the appeal or £5 to purchase a single solar cell, 9,000 cells are required overall.
The £1m has been donated by the Arts Council England as part of its ‘Capital Investment Programme’ which aims to lessen the environmental impact of the nation’s art buildings. ACE have supported organisations by investing £234.6m between the years 2012 and 2015 and hopes to invest a further £50m in 2013.