Palace New

Redditch’s Palace Theatre has come under the low-energy spotlight after gaining an A rating for its work to replace, control and renew energy consuming items.

Their Display Energy Certificate, from HM Government, is taking pride of place in the venue which is 107 years old which makes this achievement even more amazing and which has taken ten years to reach.

In that time electric consumption has reduced from 195,330kwh (07/08) to 50kwh (19/20) with gas consumption reducing from 273kwh to 103kwh in the same period.

During the same timeframe the number of performances have increased from 170 to 313 with 25,000 more people coming through the doors each year than a decade ago.

Redditch Borough Councillor Mike Rouse, whose portfolio covers Leisure, said: “This Council has declared a Climate Change emergency and is working with partners and specialist groups to take action.

“I am delighted that the hard work to reduce the energy consumption, at one of the Borough’s historic gems, has seen such results.”

Last year the Palace Theatre was taken over to be run by Rubicon Leisure Limited which is Redditch Borough Council's specialist leisure company.

Rubicon’s Board Director Jayne Pickering said: “As well as making a difference to the environment and climate change, this demonstrates great partnership working between Rubicon and Council officers.