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Foster Wilson completes Royal Holloway Uni theatre

[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Islington-based Foster Wilson has added a 200-seat theatre to Royal Holloway University’s drama department

The £2.5 million theatre in north London, named after ‘Top Girls’ playwright Caryl Churchill, has been built alongside the Grade II-listed Sutherland House as an extension to the university’s drama department.

Replacing the 30-year-old ‘black box’ studio theatre, the new 1,171m² venue can seat an audience 122 in a flexible fold-out rake with a further 56 seats in the first floor gallery. A second floor gallery contains the control room and is used for technical operation.

The extension is connected to the original building by the entrance foyer and also contains two rehearsal studios, two dressing rooms and a workshop for set construction that backs directly onto the stage.

Project data

Start on site November 2011
Date of completion April 2013
Gross internal floor area 1,171m²
Total cost £2,500,000
Form of contract Design & Build
Client Royal Holloway University of London

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