Stratford RSC’s ‘The Other Place’ theatre rated as “exceptional”

The West Midlands building firm behind the overhaul of The Other Place theatre for the Royal Shakespeare Company has won national recognition for the responsible way it treats its site team on the project.

BAM Construction, which has offices in Solihull, was rated as ‘exceptional’ for the value it has placed on its workforce during the major Stratford refurbishment scheme.

The firm scored nine out of 10 for this section of an assessment by independent industry inspectorate the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Monitor Patrick Dawson praised onsite training for face mask use; talks about helmets and harnesses; occupational nurse check-ups; clean facilities and Sudoku puzzles.

The project scored eight out of ten – equating to excellent performance – for all other sectors of the assessment, including appearance, community, environment and safety.

BAM project manager Rob Bassett said:

“We always try to make working on BAM projects as safe and comfortable as possible for our staff and subcontractors and we are delighted to have been recognised by the CCS on this project.

“With the history of Shakespeare, and a good proportion of our workers coming from the West Midlands, there has been a great deal of pride in this scheme. We look forward to delivering a modern, iconic performance space for Stratford.”

BAM is working to remodel the internal space of the temporary Courtyard Theatre, the original site of 1970s venue The Other Place, to create a festival facility for RSC productions along with a creative hub, which will house rehearsals, research and development, and training for artists throughout the year.

Structural work is complete, with internal works taking place such as installation of staircases and floors. The project is due for completion later this autumn.