Battersea Arts Centre in best architecture round ups for 2018 21.12.18

Battersea Arts Centre has appeared in round ups of the best architecture of 2018 in the Guardian and Frieze Magazine. Olly Wainwright in the Guardian has BAC in his top 10 of the year, saying “architects Haworth Tompkins were given the chance to craft one of London’s most atmospheric performance spaces from the charred carcass. Along with designing a spectacular ceiling for the hall, they have worked on little interventions throughout the building creating a magical place that revels in the rich patina of its history.” Frieze Magazine has said this of our work at the former town hall: “most successful among them has been Haworth Tompkins’s 12-year project at Battersea Arts Centre, the scope of which was dramatically expanded after a catastrophic fire in 2015. The firm’s work on the Grand Hall is a masterful combination of conservation and reconstruction”. Read the full article here.

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In response to government advice, Haworth Tompkins are now working remotely with all meetings taking place online. The studio remains fully operational, and secure software systems allow all teams to remain connected to both each other and the physical office. We can assure all clients and collaborators that project continuity is being maintained. Within the studio there are regular check in times for everyone, to make sure that staff are being looked after. Haworth Tompkins' wishes everyone good health during this ongoing situation.

The Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre has jointly won the Craftmanship Award at the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards, also picking up a Commendation in the Best New Building (Large) category. The judges praised the ‘elegant arts building… carefully designed to a tight sustainability agenda’ and the ‘beautifully conceived and finished’ interior. Click here to read more about this project.

Haworth Tompkins are working with the London Theatre Company on a new venue in King’s Cross, opening early in 2022. The theatre, within the Argent development on Lewis Cubitt Square, will include a foyer, bar and back of house, supporting a 600 seat auditorium based on the modular system used at the Bridge Theatre.

Battersea Arts Centre has won the AABC Conservation Award at the Civic Trust ceremony in Manchester on Friday. This accolade is awarded to projects which demonstrate the highest standards of historic building conservation, and make an outstanding contribution to the quality and appearance of the built environment.

We are co-founders of the Architects Declare movement launched in May 2019. Click here for a summary of our actions, events and activities organised as a response to the climate emergency.

Haworth Tompkins have hosted a workshop run by the Camden Highline Education Programme, in conjunction with Urban Learners. Associate Patrick Quinn taught the Year 8 and 9 students from Parliament Hill School, how we use different types of drawings throughout the design and construction of a project.

Haworth Tompkins has won a competition for a new industrial intensification scheme in Barking, through the London Mayor’s Architecture, Design and Urbanism Panel (ADUP2) framework. Backed by Barking and Dagenham Council’s BeFirst regeneration company, the project will transform a site on Long Reach Road into an innovative new industrial workspace serving local businesses, and acting as an exemplar project for the borough.

The Lighthouse, our project designed for Holy Trinity Swiss Cottage, is part of a new exhibition curated by the Architecture Foundation. Staged in the newly refurbished undercroft of St Mary Magdalene's church in Paddington, 'Congregation' will address the changing nature of sacred architecture in Britain through the presentation of 23 buildings designed in the past decade. The exhibition opens on 22 February and runs for two weeks. Read about it here