Steve Tompkins named No.1 in The Stage 100 03.01.19

The Stage magazine has named Steve Tompkins as the most influential figure in British theatre this year as part of their annual Stage 100 list for the contribution he and the team at Haworth Tompkins have made to the design of British Theatre. The list is gathered through anonymous nomination by leading figures from the performing arts industry, as well as senior editorial contributors to the magazine, taking into account achievements over the past 12 months as well as a historical body of work. The Stage have cited the studio as having “had a hand in re-imagining many of the UK’s most prestigious theatres, transforming the audience experience and the British theatre landscape.” The practice has won the the Stage Awards theatre building of the year category twice: for the Bridge Theatre in 2018 and for his work on the National Theatre in 2016 and has two projects shortlisted for 2019 Awards; the reworking of the Battersea Arts Centre and the Bristol Old Vic.

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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.