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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Haworth Tompkins are working with Inspired Villages to deliver one of the UK’s largest retirement communities on the site of Legal and General House in Kingswood, Surrey. Originally by Arup Associates (1986-1991), with landscaping by Peter Swann Associates the site was listed at Grade II* in 2017.

Reigate and Banstead Borough Council has now approved plans transforming the vacant site into a vibrant later living community with 270 specialist age-appropriate apartments. Stretching over 43 acres, the development will enhance the local area by offering on-site amenities such as a wellness centre, dining and recreation facilities, as well as a small business centre and children’s nursery, all open to the wider community. By carefully refurbishing the listed asset and building on previously developed areas, Inspired will be protecting and enhancing the green belt asset, opening up 16 acres of parkland for general use.

The National 3D printing society have teamed up with Medical Supply Drive UK, Optimus Medical and a selection of distribution companies to ensure approved supplies of face shields get to key workers currently fighting against Covid-19.

Haworth Tompkins are part of the team of architecture and design practices currently 3D printing the visor section of face shields. At the moment there are around 1500 3D printers all over the UK collectively working to produce 45,000 visors a day.

Our Model Maker Ellie is printing the mounts of the face shields at home to ensure quality control and as sterile an environment as possible. Volunteers from the practice are delivering boxes of printed PPE to collection points across London. From here the 3D printed mounts will be disinfected, a clear plastic screen attached, and the fully assembled masks will be distributed to those in urgent need of PPE supplies.

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.