Knowsley Lift Services have been awarded the contract for the supply and installation of the lifts in The Shakespeare North Playhouse currently under construction in Prescot.
As part of the project, Kier, the main contractor, is working with companies in the local supply chain wherever possible to help to strengthen the local economy and support local organisations.
Knowsley Lift Services will work closely with Kier to oversee the lift installation, which is expected to start in Autumn 2021 and will be allocating their apprentices to work alongside the installation engineers as part of their NVQ training.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development said:
“It is a fundamental part of the contract with Kier that wherever possible, local companies have the opportunity to tender for work as part of the construction of The Shakespeare North Playhouse. It’s really important to the council that we support our local businesses across the Liverpool City Region as much as we can.
“The Shakespeare North Playhouse is an extraordinary project and I am delighted that Knowsley Lift Services have been successful in securing this work. It’s also a great opportunity for their apprentices to be involved in such a unique development.”
This is not the first theatre project for Liverpool based Knowsley Lift Services as the company provided lifts for the Everyman Theatre rebuild in Liverpool city centre. Now in their 24th year, Knowsley Lift Services are one of the largest and most respected independent lift companies, specialising in maintenance, repair, installation, and modernisation of lifts and escalators.
Co-director and co-founder of Knowsley Lifts, Stephen Fitzgerald, said:
“We are very proud to have secured the lift contract for The Shakespeare North Playhouse in Knowsley, where our business first started out. Over the past two decades we have built a growing reputation for being one of the best independents in the UK, winning a number of prestigious contracts. Our customers keep coming back to us, which is testament to our quality work and our amazing team.”
About The Shakespeare North Playhouse
Currently under construction in Prescot, The Shakespeare North Playhouse will provide a flexible theatre with capacity for up to 472 seats, based on the iconic 17th century ‘cockpit-in-court’ design. It will also boast an inclusive education programme, digital gallery, visitor experience and additional performance spaces including an outdoor performance garden.
Alongside high-profile Shakespearean drama, the Playhouse will host a variety of comedy, music and theatre from a wide variety of performers and will be one of the North of England’s most high profile cultural and educational assets when it opens to the public in 2022.