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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Kingston School of Art has been nominated for the BREEAM Public Sector Project Design Stage Award, following its BREEAM Outstanding design stage certification. The project involves the major refurbishment and extension of the 1970s art school to provide 8500sqm of studio and workshop space for Kingston University.

Haworth Tompkins are working with Network Homes to provide 158 new homes within the Old Oak and Park Royal development in north-west London. The residential units will be 100% affordable, and arranged round a communal central courtyard. Flexible mixed-use space will be housed within the Old Refectory, a 1908 remnant of the original workhouse. Planning will be submitted early in the New Year.

Haworth Tompkins' CyclOdeon is part of Gingerbread City, the Museum of Architecture exhibition at Somerset House looking at the future of transport. Our cinema aims to revive the drive-in by introducing sustainable transport methods. The CyclOdeon is designed to be accessible by bicycle, with the inclusion of a large ramp that leads to an open-air rooftop cinema.

Haworth Tompkins has won a Wood Award for their work on the Grand Hall ceiling at Battersea Arts Centre. The judges commented that ‘the design philosophy, imagination, originality and the meticulous modelling, prototyping and execution made this stand out as a project of high quality’.

‘Rethinking the way we design and work’ was the theme of a day held by Haworth Tompkins, focusing on the Architects Declare emergency goals and commitments. We acknowledge that addressing the AD goals will require an important change in our design process, and in our studio, and this was an excellent opportunity to get everyone in the office involved in the discussion. Read more about the day here

Associate Hugo Braddick will be presenting our Albert Island project as part of a New London Architecture event on Innovation in the Royal Docks, coming up later this month. The evening, which takes the form of a Pechakucha, is free to attend and tickets can be reserved here

Battersea Arts Centre is a regional finalist for the Civic Trust AABC Conservation Awards. The award, in association with the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation is given to projects which demonstrate the highest standards of historic building conservation. The project is now on the shortlist for a National Award, and these are presented in March 2020.

Planning consent has been granted for our refurbishment and extension of The Warburg Institute, one of London’s leading cultural and academic institutions. The new public facilities planned as part of The Warburg Renaissance project include an exhibition space and a 140-seat lecture theatre in the central courtyard, offering talks with curators, artists and scholars.