Donmar Warehouse reopens 12.10.21

Haworth Tompkins has been working alongside the Donmar Warehouse team on essential building works and a spatial reconfiguration to the Covent Garden theatre. The newly reopened venue has undergone alterations including the addition of a new café space, as well as upgrades to the front of house, the lifts, the auditorium and mechanical and technical systems which have significantly improved its reliability and accessibility for audiences, artists and staff. The design highlights the raw material qualities of the original warehouse, in the details like the brick vaults to the foyer and the cast iron columns. This work will help the Donmar to continue in its central London home for many years to come.

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Haworth Tompkins have started work on a retrofit at Kingston University’s main building at Penrhyn Road to provide agile workspace for 120 staff split across four administrative departments. The proposals will see the creation of four workspace 'neighbourhoods' accessed via a central 'high street' containing a series of bookable meeting rooms, individual workrooms and a mixture of social spaces. The design has been developed collaboratively as a pilot project to meet the requirements of the post-pandemic office, with a focus on people, processes, connectivity and technology to support more flexible working patterns.

Haworth Tompkins' model maker Ellie Sampson has been selected by the Architects' Journal as part of the AJ100 New Talent list, their celebration of 14 exceptional Part II architectural assistants. Ellie initially joined the practice as a Part I in 2015, and rejoined in 2018, becoming our full-time model maker and workshop manager in 2019. Her style often combines varied processes, from detailed paper and laser cutting to 3D printing and casting. Ellie also runs model making workshops at schools and universities including The Bartlett, LSA and Oxford Brookes, and Oslo and Manchester Schools of Architecture.

Theatr Clwyd has received listed building and planning consent for the major redevelopment of their base in Mold, north Wales. The theatre, built in 1976 and Grade II listed in 2019, will be reconfigured and updated by repurposing the existing fabric and demolishing and replacing only what is necessary. The Inspector of Historic Buildings concluded that our proposals are ‘very much in the spirit and vision of the original concept’ representing ‘an attractive and well-designed scheme which will allow the building to function in a more modern and efficient way to allow for its preservation and continued use’.

The Old Vic is holding a public consultation this Saturday on their plans for The Annex, a social and creative arts hub, adjacent and connected to the theatre. In addition to The Annex, the scheme includes significant upgrades to Back of House areas: improving Stage Door, dressing room and stage access, making the theatre accessible and inclusive to all for the first time in its 203-year history. Plans for the new build Annex include a triple height cafe-bar and script library, a new Clore Learning Centre and a flexible Studio space, providing facilities for increased and more diverse artistic output, community outreach, education, and hospitality events.

Work is starting on site this week on the new home for theatre company Punchdrunk. The company’s first permanent base is in south east London - part of the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s new creative district, Woolwich Works. Our project involves internal works to three Grade II Listed Buildings and also the construction of a temporary entrance pavilion. Tickets for their first production in the space, The Burnt City, are now on sale with the show opening next Spring.

Battersea Arts Centre has been awarded the Roof Slating and Tiling Award from The Worshipful Company of Tylers and Bricklayers, one of the historic Livery Companies in the City Of London. The awards, given every three years, recognise craftspeople in the construction industry and their specialist knowledge and skills.