The Old Vic, 2024

new accommodation for Grade II* listed theatre

The Old Vic Annex is a new build six storey extension to the rear of the famous Grade II* listed theatre in London’s Waterloo. The new building is designed to be a welcoming destination for the local community as well as a much-needed expansion of the theatre’s working and engagement spaces.

The new accommodation will include a triple height street café and script library, a writer's room, a Clore Learning Centre for education and participation activities, a new green room and a rooftop event space.

The works will also involve remodelling of the existing back of house spaces to achieve a fully accessible stage door, improved dressing rooms and staff offices and the refurbishment of the existing rehearsal room to include a studio theatre space. This will all support The Old Vic’s social mission as an accessible theatre for staff, artists, audience, students and the wider local community.

The principles of sustainability and regenerative design have informed the intelligent re-use of the existing building and the design of an exemplar low-carbon extension, incorporating a timber frame, natural ventilation and solar shading formed of repurposed theatre lighting components. The overall site works are projected to commence in June 2022 with completion programmed for Spring 2024.


The Cut, London


The Old Vic

Structural engineer


services engineer

skelly & couch

quantity surveyor


theatre & acoustic consultant


project manager

bristow consulting

breeam consultant

twin & earth