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Statement: UCL Bloomsbury Theatre closure

3 February 2016

Statement update The UCL Bloomsbury Theatre has been closed since June last year after planned building works impacted on a known asbestos problem.

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We have a stringent process to manage asbestos so performances at the theatre were suspended until further notice. 

It has been difficult to predict the length of the closure given the complexity of the work needed to make the site fit for purpose. The reopening was initially scheduled for early 2016 but the extent of the work required now means the earliest potential re-opening date for the theatre has been put back to early 2018 to allow for an options appraisal to be undertaken.

Original statement 1 September 2015

UCL's Bloomsbury Theatre is currently closed for planned building works which have impacted on known asbestos. The recently opened Bloomsbury Theatre Studio is unaffected and will continue to operate as normal.

In line with UCL's stringent processes to manage asbestos, a full clean has been ordered. The theatre was due to close for major construction work from January 2016 until the summer. The recent developments and the complexity of the work mean that the works will take longer than anticipated.  We have therefore brought forward the closure to be effective from now, to allow us to keep the planned re-opening, scheduled for summer 2016.    

Theatre staff are proactively working with performance organisers to find new venues for the affected shows between now and January 2016 and are in the process of contacting customers.

We apologise for the inconvenience caused and are working hard to ensure that performances can resume as soon as possible.