Refurbishment of Theatre Royal Drury Lane now on site 11.02.19

The refurbishment of the Grade I listed Theatre Royal Drury Lane has started on site. The work on the historic Covent Garden theatre includes restoration of the early 19th century front of house spaces designed by Benjamin Wyatt, remodelling the 1920s auditorium, stage house and back of house areas and creating a new extension in Vinegar Yard to provide additional front of house accommodation. The project aims to improve both the audience experience, the production capabilities of the theatre, and to make the front of house spaces more open and welcoming to generate activity during the day as well as in the evening. The theatre will reopen at the end of 2020 with ‘Frozen’, the west end debut of the Disney show, transferring from Broadway.

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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