A PLANNING application by DCCL reveals that the Gaiety Theatre’s roof is leaking.
The Department of Community, Culture and Leisure, which owns the site, has applied to the government planning committee to carry out repairs.
Under the plan (12/01527/GB) remedial works would be carried out on the barrel roof, including replacing fixings and flashings.
It involves replacing the ‘defective’ felt coverings to the roof and lead flashings to the adjacent gutter.
Corrugated aluminium cladding would be installed to the proscenium wall – which separates the stage from the auditorium – above roof level to ‘prevent further water ingress’.
And the parapet wall to the north side of the building would be lowered by about 60cm to provide access to an existing gutter.
The existing ‘cracked’ concrete coping on the wall would be removed and replaced with a new pre-cast watertight concrete coping.
In relation to the corrugated aluminium sheeting to the domed roof and lantern, the existing fittings would be removed and replaced with new stainless steel fasteners complete with aluminium storm washers.
In addition, existing ‘defective’ roof mounted smoke vents would be replaced with a ‘modern equivalent’ of matching size, appearance, colour and material.
The DCCL has also applied for registered building consent for the works (12/01528/CON).
The theatre, designed by Frank Matcham, was built in 1899, and underwent major restoration in 1976.