AJ Retrofit Awards and FX Awards 17.09.17

The Bush Theatre was highly commended for "outstanding achievement" in the Cultural Building of the Year category at this year's AJ Retrofit Awards. The project is also shortlisted for UK Project of the Year in the FX Design Awards, which will be announced in November. The practice's work establishes a distinct identity for the theatre and connects the performance venue to the local community, providing new and improved facilities for both the public and theatre-goers alike. Click to read more about Bush Theatre.

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The Stage magazine has named Steve Tompkins as the most influential figure in British theatre this year as part of their annual Stage 100 list for the contribution he and the team at Haworth Tompkins have made to the design of British Theatre. The list is gathered through anonymous nomination by leading figures from the performing arts industry, as well as senior editorial contributors to the magazine, taking into account achievements over the past 12 months as well as a historical body of work.

Battersea Arts Centre has appeared in round ups of the best architecture of 2018 in the Guardian and Frieze Magazine.

Haworth Tompkins have completed the first phase of a two year, £20m refurbishment of the Knights Park campus at Kingston University. The new facilities for Kingston School of Art include workshops and studios for printmaking, interior design and product & furniture design, enabling students to work alongside, and be inspired by, a variety of creative disciplines.

Haworth Tompkins have built a 1/100 scale Biscuitwork Tower as part of the Museum of Architecture’s Gingerbread City at the V&A. This continues our collaboration with Lyndon Goode and Pitman Tozer, who we are working alongside on Fish Island Village in Hackney Wick.

Silchester Housing has won the Urban Regeneration category at this year’s Brick Awards. The judges commented that “The project brings a human scale and sensitivity to the streets around Latimer Road, which shows the extent to which developments can improve the existing streetscape.”

Work is underway on Mamma Mia! The Party which opens in the O2 this summer. The project is an immersive theatrical experience with dining and dancing based around the songs of ABBA. Haworth Tompkins and the wider design team are working to transform an existing venue in the O2 entertainment district into a Greek taverna, back of house support spaces and a kitchen.

Associates Martin Lydon and Imogen Long will lead a special behind-the-scenes tour of the historic venue which was originally built as a town hall before being abandoned and then repurposed as an arts centre more than 40 years ago. The tour takes place on 24 November and tickets are available from the AF website.

At the Theatres Trust Conference, Emma Stenning, Executive Director of Bristol Old Vic, and Jack Tilbury of Plann spoke on the topic of 'How are the UK's oldest and newest theatres adapting to new artistic and business models' presenting the business model and phasing strategy behind our recent transformation of the Bristol Old Vic.