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14 . Glasgow Business September/October 2013


The show goes on S


» Theatre Royal to receive its multi-million pound overhaul next year


cotish Opera will complete wide-ranging improvement works at the Teatre Royal next


year in a £12.45 million project that will help cement the North Quarter’s status as Glasgow’s cultural hub. Currently open for business,


the theatre will close for 14 weeks from February 2014, before re-opening on 21 May with Puccini’s Madama Buterfly – the same production that launched Scotish Opera as Scotland’s national opera company in 1962. Work is well under way to


improve the theatre’s public spaces by building a dramatic new entrance that will house new facilities and greatly improve access to all levels. With new liſts, spacious foyers,


beter bars, more toilets, and a roof-top terrace, the theatre will be more than ready to host visitors during Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games in 2014. A new entertaining suite at the Dress Circle level will improve facilities for client entertaining throughout the year. To encourage business users


who are looking for a relaxed and welcoming meeting space, free wi-fi will be provided. Scotish Opera’s General


Kerr & Smith’s Glasgow site


Scottish Opera General Director Alex Reedijk marks one year until the Theatre Royal Glasgow extension opens. Picture: Richard Campbell


Director Alex Reedijk said: “I’m delighted that we will have this exciting new space up and running in good time for the Commonwealth Games. We’ll be ready to host visitors from around the world, as well as Scotish businesses looking for the kind of entertaining space that a world- class venue like this can provide.”


Scotish Opera has already


“We’ll be ready to host visitors from around the world, as well as Scottish businesses”


raised more than 96 per cent of the total funds required for the project. MacRoberts LLP has provided in-kind sponsorship and is the exclusive supplier of legal services to the Teatre Royal project. Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed to carry out the construction work.


Motor group grows


The family motor group of Kerr & Smith, with facilities in Glasgow, Cumnock and Ayr, has endured the five-year recession, completed a full succession plan and has, for the past two years, been investing in a new super truck aftersales facility adjacent to the Whitletts roundabout in Ayr. Careful planning and cost


control was critical in making all


this happen, to ensure future success as the company adapted to meet changing conditions. It has also completed ambitious succession plans to hand control of the business over to the second generation. As well as investing further in its future by constructing the new purpose- built premises, the site will now offer customers a ‘first rate’ choice in truck repair and maintenance.


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