Site hoardings have been installed around the Globe to secure the site while major restoration work takes place.
A full environmental clean including significant asbestos removal, temporary repairs to the roof to ensure it is watertight, as well as all the necessary surveys and investigations are complete.
Over the coming weeks contractor, Willmott Dixon, is preparing to join neighbouring 153 High Street with the Globe and is getting ready to begin the new build parts of the restoration which will include increasing the dressing room space and providing technical support and equipment suitable for major touring shows.
Meanwhile historic parts of the building are being removed to ensure they are preserved and protected for future use while the major build work, which will include significant internal demolition and stripping out of unsalvageable areas takes place.
Leader of Stockton Council, councillor Bob Cook, said: “The restoration of the Globe will be of huge economic benefit to Stockton and the wider region, so it is fantastic to see the work moving forwards.
“I am delighted that, despite the extensive asbestos removal works that have had to take place, the restoration remains on track and I am looking forward to seeing it progress over the coming weeks and months.”
The restoration of the Globe, costing £15m, is being funded by Stockton Council and a £4.5m National Lottery grant through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF)’s Heritage Enterprise scheme.
Once restored, the neglected Grade II listed Art Deco Globe will have a capacity of 3,000, firmly positioning it as the largest venue between Newcastle and Leeds, bringing an estimated £18million to the local economy each year and creating more than 250 jobs.
Global leader in live entertainment, The Ambassador Theatre Group (ATG), will operate the Globe for the next 25 years.
The new project will enable ATG to attract some of the world’s best known bands, artists and comedians to the Globe.
The live entertainment venue will create 250 jobs and attract artists and performers who will bring more than 200,000 visitors to Stockton town centre every year – boosting the local economy be an estimated £18m a year.