A theatre in Reading has been shortlisted for a national award.

Reading Rep Theatre is among six building projects vying to be named the best by the Constructing Excellence Awards.

The building in King's Road, which opened for the first time in September, was made possible due to a £1m fundraiser in 2018.

“It’s an absolute honour to be nominated,” said Head of Marketing Reading Rep Theatre, Zoe Biles.

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“Fuse architects are brilliant and amazing and did such a fantastic job. It was a really meaningful build.

Reading Chronicle: Reading Rep Theatre. Credit: Harry ElletsonReading Rep Theatre. Credit: Harry Elletson

“We built during lockdown as the theatre industry was figuring out how to rebuild itself from the ashes, this whole project became quite a poignant and profound and meaningful experience.”

Construction on the project began in 2019 and was completed at the end of summer.

“Our building’s pivotal purpose is to provide accessible and environmentally friendly space.

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“Sustainability is at the core of the build as well as having been built during the pandemic, it has state of the art ventilation systems.

“It’s a reflection of what theatre needs at this time which is healthy, practical and safe buildings that are environmentally friendly and accessible to all”

The theatres fourth show of the season, Alby the Penguin Saves the World, starts on April 6 and runs until April 18.