The Old Court undergoes facelift

Published: Tuesday, 19th December 2017

A 10-week refurbishment at The Old Court arts venue in Windsor has begun.

Facilities at the cultural centre will be refreshed as general wear and tear at the venue is repaired as well as dealing with some essential emergency maintenance which includes upgrading the wiring throughout the facility, hence the sudden nature of the work.

Cllr Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “The Old Court is part of the heritage of the Royal Borough and it’s important we maintain it to be used as our centre of art and culture in Windsor.

“Martin Denny and his team have done an excellent job since they took over management of the venue in October and I can’t wait to see what they can bring to The Old Court next year.

“We would like to apologise to anyone impacted by the refurbishments, which we are carrying out as quickly as possible.”

The Living Advert Calendar event on Thursday 21 December at 6.15pm will continue to take place. 

It is anticipated other performances and scheduled events in January and February 2018 will  move to alternative venues while the work continues.

Every impacted hirer before the New Year has been helped to find an alternative venue and discussions are ongoing to aid other shows and events.

The Old Court is expected to fully reopen by March 2018 and the cost of the emergency works will be covered by the Royal Borough.

The performance space on St Leonard’s Road, Windsor, hosts a wide range of artistic and community events.

Martin Denny, director of The Old Court, said: “The past months have been full of successes since we took over the management of the building and the way the community has welcomed us has been immensely rewarding.

“By taking time to arrange these refurbishments now we will secure a better venue for everyone to enjoy next year.

“We are doing all we can to speed these works along and reopen our fantastic venue as soon as possible.”

You can keep up to date with events booked at The Old Court, and join the mailing list at www.oldcourt.org

The Windsor and Eton Brewery runs the bar at the council-owned site.

Will Calvert, director of the Windsor and Eton Brewery, said: “We love running the bar at The Old Court and we’re looking forward to returning to the refreshed venue in the New Year.

“In the meantime you can still find our beers in many pubs in the town and in the brewery itself where we also run regular tours.”

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