The State Cinema in Grays, Essex was built in 1938 at the height of the cinema boom. An Art Deco ‘super cinema’ seating 2200, it is listed at Grade II* due to its well-preserved interior. Now disused, it is a key landmark in Grays town centre. We undertook a Feasibility Study for Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation.
This involved assembling and directing a team of architects, business planners and regeneration specialists, working with our own structural engineers, to identify the best approach for its reuse. The aim was to balance long-term commercial viability with the minimum loss of significant fabric, whilst making a significant contribution to the regeneration of the town centre. Through consultation and workshops, a range of options was whittled down to a preferred solution, which was accepted by all key parties. We proposed considerable alterations to the listed interior in order to reinvigorate the building as a sustainable multi-use venue.