State Cinema, Grays

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.