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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Haworth Tompkins has won two International Architecture Awards. Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic have both been recognised by the awards, organised by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, and Metropolitan Arts Press.

Open House London is coming up this weekend and four Haworth Tompkins' projects will be open to the public over the two day event. There are architect tours at Silchester Estate on Saturday morning, whilst the Bush Theatre, The London Library and the Royal College of Art: Dyson and Woo Buildings are all running a mixture of events.

The Hackney Wick Fish Island Retrospective Masterplan Team have been shortlisted in the Masterplan of the Year category at the AJ Architecture Awards. This evolving research project, concentrating on lessons learned from building a new piece of city, involves 26 practices working in this area of east London including Haworth Tompkins.

The Bridge Theatre has been shortlisted in two categories at the annual Blue Badge Access Awards - Most Inclusive and People's Choice. The awards, nominated by the public, celebrate exceptional venues that welcome everyone through their doors. To cast your vote, please click here.

Performances have now begun of Mamma Mia! The Party at the O2 on Greenwich Peninsula. Haworth Tompkins helped convert a former nightclub to create a new tiered entertainment venue to accommodate an audience of approximately 500. The scenic design for the immersive performance space was completed by Mamma Mia! The Party's production team.

The historically-significant Battersea Arts Centre organ has been returned to the Grand Hall after being restored by FH Browne and Sons. Whereas the organ case, bellows and console were destroyed in the 2015 fire, many of the original components were off-site at the time of the fire and have been reinstated in a new expressive arrangement on the balcony to showcase the pioneering inner mechanism as originally designed by Robert Hope-Jones in 1901.

Haworth Tompkins’ projects have been shortlisted for ten specialist awards categories this year. The Brick Awards, Concrete Society Awards, Structural Timber Awards, Wood Awards and the IStrutE Structural Awards have recognised our work for three of our performing arts projects: Battersea Arts Centre, Bristol Old Vic and The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre. These are all being awarded this autumn.

‘The Den’, a pop-up theatre built from natural and recyclable materials, has opened in Stalybridge, Tameside. The lightweight structure was commissioned by the Royal Exchange Manchester and has been designed with structural engineers Expedition and built by Xylotek. Constructed, dismantled and operated by the community, the theatre is a part of the wider ‘Local Exchange’ programme that aims to re-introduce culture and the arts into areas where these kinds of spaces have been lost.