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Royal Court win for AHMM

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris has landed another key project in Liverpool after winning the contest to overhaul the city’s Grade II-listed Royal Court theatre

The practice, whose nearby Unity Building won an RIBA award in 2007, beat Burrell Foley Fischer, Scottish firm Nord, Pentagram, Studio Andrew Todd and local firms Studio Three Architects and Union North.

The victorious scheme to revamp the 1938 art deco theatre was picked by a jury chaired by architect Roger Stephenson and Jonathan Falkingham, the chief Executive of Urban Splash and a trustee of the newly formed Royal Court Liverpool Trust.

Allford Hall Monaghan Morris’ design was praised for addressing ‘key challenges, such as disabled access’ and for improving public access and circulation within the building to ‘create a clear and exciting concept for the upgrading of the [theatre]’.

Practice co-founder Paul Monaghan said: ‘It is such an honour to be working on this important building in my home city… was a tough competition to win against strong opposition but I truly believe that our design will breathe new life into the historic elements of the building by mixing them with new contemporary elements.’  

The result has also been welcomed by playwright Willy Russell, 61, a ‘keen supporter’ of the theatre. He said: ‘In recent years there’s been something of a real renaissance inside the walls of the Royal Court and so it’s very good news indeed that now the building itself is to receive some of the tender love and care that this great Liverpool landmark has long deserved.’

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