The Bridge Theatre Opens 27.10.17

The Bridge, London's first new commercial theatre of scale to be built for 80 years, has opened to great critical acclaim. The venue occupies an extraordinary site between City Hall and Tower Bridge, its foyer looking out over the river to the Tower of London. Completed in just over 2 years from inception using leading edge prefabrication techniques, the 935 seat flexible auditorium is a collaboration between Haworth Tompkins, specialist engineering manufacturer Tait Technologies and the London Theatre Company, founded by Nick Hytner and Nick Starr on completing their term of leadership at the National Theatre. The design aims to provide maximum adaptability of format without losing the intimacy and density associated with the best historic theatre spaces. Click to read more about The Bridge Theatre.

"London's newest theatre has landed. Triumphantly. Two hundred tonnes of steel on a sprung concrete slab. A place in which the audience can be wrapped around the performance area, as in an Elizabethan theatre - but which has no pillars to block its view. A space that seats 900 but which feels intimate and intense. No subsidy. Seats from £15 to £65. A construction schedule that would be the envy of anyone who has ever had a new kitchen fitted."
- Susannah Clapp, The Observer

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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.