Steve Tompkins named No.1 in The Stage 100 03.01.19

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. The Stage have cited the studio as having “had a hand in re-imagining many of the UK’s most prestigious theatres, transforming the audience experience and the British theatre landscape.” The practice has won the the Stage Awards theatre building of the year category twice: for the Bridge Theatre in 2018 and for his work on the National Theatre in 2016 and has two projects shortlisted for 2019 Awards; the reworking of the Battersea Arts Centre and the Bristol Old Vic.

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Battersea Arts Centre has won two awards at the RIBA London event. Firstly a Regional Award for the collaboration with BAC producers, theatre artists, conservation groups and members of the local community to expand the creative scope of the organisation and make the building more welcoming to a wider audience. And secondly Client of the Year went to Battersea Arts Centre, recognising their commitment to this project over the last 12 years.

Haworth Tompkins have been working with theatre company Punchdrunk on their new base in south east London. The venue is situated in the Woolwich Creative District - a cultural hub on the site of the historic Royal Arsenal. Work is planned to commence on site in December.

The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre has won a Regional Award from RIBA East. The new centre, built for The Perse School in Cambridge, was named after National Theatre director Peter Hall who was a pupil in the 1940s.

Haworth Tompkins’ director Chris Feller has joined the Hounslow Design Review Panel (HDRP). The independent panel supports the Council in delivering design excellence, and offers the expertise of leading built environment professionals through a robust review process, and is a key part of the Council’s wider aspiration of raising the bar in design quality.

Haworth Tompkins has been awarded BD’s Refurbishment Architect of the Year Award for a body of work that includes Battersea Arts Centre and Bristol Old Vic. Also recognised was The Deck, a new events venue on the terrace at the National Theatre, and our ongoing work at Theatre Royal Drury Lane which is due to complete next summer. The practice was also a Public Building of the Year finalist.

We are delighted to announce the formation of the Haworth Tompkins Employee Ownership Trust, which now owns a majority shareholding and is tasked with ensuring that the company will be run in the long-term interest of our employees.

Haworth Tompkins have started work on a major redevelopment of Theatr Clwyd, one of Wales’ major cultural assets. The project, currently in early design stage, includes revitalised public areas and back of house spaces.

Haworth Tompkins have been commissioned to prepare a masterplan for the Harewood House Trust in West Yorkshire. The masterplan seeks to improve the arrival sequence and experience of the site; provide new public facilities including a visitor centre, contemporary art gallery, event space and cafes; and create a new bird garden.