A South Tyneside company has played a key role in the expansion of one of the North East’s most iconic cultural assets.
Opus Building Services, Boldon-based specialist electrical and mechanical contractors, took a major part in the recent £1.4m expansion of the Tyneside Cinema in Newcastle.
The project transformed a building adjacent to the cinema into a new bar and restaurant, with kitchens in the basement, and the second phase created a 30-seater digital video art gallery at the 1937 Art Deco-styled premises.
The work has also given the cinema an entrance from the main thoroughfare on Pilgrim Street for the first time.
Steve Batey, business development manager at Opus said: “We were delighted to be working on such a prestigious project at such a well known building.
“Opus provided all of the specialist mechanical and electrical engineering installations on the development, helping local construction company Northern Bear to transform a bank into a vibrant bar and restaurant and converting the old bar into an art gallery and fourth cinema screen.
“We helped strip out the old bank building and then went to work installing new equipment such as cabling, drainage and plumbing, a gas supply, CCTV, security and fire alarm systems, data wiring and new lighting installations,” Steve added.
Tyneside Cinema is the city’s only full-time independent cultural cinema and specialises in the screening of independent and world cinema from across the globe.
The Grade-II listed building was conceived and built by Dixon Scott, the great uncle of north eastern film legends Sir Ridley and Tony Scott.
Catherine Kersey, Tyneside Cinema’s bar and café managing director said: “We’re thrilled with the contribution that Opus have made to the construction of the Tyneside Bar Café and the Gallery.
“Both are proving hugely popular and have been well received since they opened, and they will help to ensure that the Tyneside Cinema continues to be successful for years to come.”