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Haworth Tompkins raises the curtain on National Theatre plans

Practice reveals the first stages of refurbishment for Denys Lasdun’s Grade II* listed National Theatre

Haworth Tompkins, which worked on the redevelopment of the National Theatre Studio, has finished writing a Conservation Management Plan for Denys Lasdun’s Grade II* listed building and has now produced a masterplan that highlights early stages of the redevelopment of the theatre.

The £50 million first phase will transform the main entrance by ‘providing transparency to the river walk’ and a clearer entrance sequence to the foyers, which will also be refurbished. By moving the service yard, which is currently located on the river bank, to the back of the building, the north-east corner of the theatre will be opened up.

This move, rumours of which were first leaked out back in September, will free up space for new cafés along the river bank.Outside seating that leads to the entrance will generate more activity in the area, and the ‘anchor stair’ will be spruced up.

The Cottesloe Theatre foyer will be enlarged and a more welcoming public space created in front of it. Two new education and participation spaces will be created in place of the current workshops adjacent to the foyer. Large areas of glazing will allow visitors to watch activity in the workshops.

Finalised phase one designs will be completed by the end of the year, with planning applications expected next summer.



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