An iconic theatre in Nottingham has been awarded a grant worth almost £1 million to help it become more energy efficient.
The Nottingham Playhouse (pictured), a Grade II listed building which marks its 50th anniversary this year, was opened in 1963 and the architecture of the theatre makes it expensive to heat and light.
It will use the cash to install solar panels, build new door lobbies to reduce heat loss and replace lighting in a bid to cut 35,000KW of energy usage and save nearly £10,000 a year.
The upgrades are expected to save the theatre around £35,000 a year in total, however, it claims it still needs an extra £75,000 to carry out all the proposed efficiency measures.
Peter Knott, Area Director at Arts Council England, which awarded the £996,000 fund said: “We are working hard with organisations in the cultural sector to increase their sustainability both financially and ecologically. This award does both and will enable Nottingham Playhouse to ensure that their building is energy efficient and make the best of use of space available.
“This project demonstrates the theatre’s commitment to finding more environmentally efficient ways of doing business, whilst creating the best value-for-money possible.”
The Nottingham Playhouse was named one of Nottinghamshire’s “most outstanding buildings” of the last five decades in 2010.
A new guide was launched last year to help theatres cut energy bills and plan a sustainable future.