Bristol Old Vic Reopens 24.09.18

Haworth Tompkins have completed a radical new front of house space and studio theatre for the Grade I listed Bristol Old Vic, the oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world. The result of five years careful research, consultation, design and construction, the project aims to open up the front of house areas to a wider, more diverse audience and to place the theatre at the heart of Bristol’s public life and public space. In addition to the main foyer, a new studio theatre occupies the former barrel store of the Coopers’ Hall at ground and basement levels, enlisting historic wall surfaces and allowing daylight from street level windows. The original Coopers’ Hall at first floor has been converted back to a grand public room overlooking the street, serving both as an extension of the foyer and as a self-contained function room.

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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.

Open House London is coming up this weekend and seven Haworth Tompkins' projects will be open to the public over the two day event.

Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall reopens today after a fire destroyed its roof in the summer of 2015. The restoration and reimagining of the hall is the final part of our twelve year collaboration with BAC producers, theatre artists, conservation groups and members of the local community.

A development of 19 terraced houses in Baycliff Road, Liverpool, designed by Haworth Tompkins for Osco Homes has received approval from the LCC planning committee. The project is a cost-effective alternative to traditional construction, with the houses manufactured off site as pre-fabricated modular externally finished cassette panels. 

Haworth Tompkins have been selected to lead a feasibility study commissioned by London Borough of Lambeth, to deliver a new Archive on a council-owned site in Kennington Lane.

Part I assistant, George Allen, has been commended in the RIBAJ Eye Line drawing competition for his long section through the Theatre Royal Drury Lane.