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Haworth Tompkins submits plans for Bristol Old Vic revamp

Haworth Tompkins has submitted plans for the proposed overhaul of Bristol’s Old Vic Theatre

The £12 million, competition-winning project includes the refurbishment of the old front of house areas and was inspired by the ‘openness of an Italian piazza’.

The designs will expose the building’s front wall, constructed during the 1760s, making it visible internally in the foyer and externally from the street.  

The practice won the project to overhaul the theatre back in March, seeing off competition from Ian Ritchie Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Allies and Morrison, Eric Parry Architects and Levitt Bernstein.

Steve Tompkins, director at Haworth Tompkins said: ‘The foyer will be a convivial, urbane room in its own right. It has to be a social asset. It is not only supporting the work in the auditorium, but it also has a responsibility to the street and to the city’

The theatre’s artistic director Tom Morris commented: ‘We want to create a new public space for everyone in Bristol - whether or not you’re seeing a show.

‘You’ll be able to relax with a book, meet for a business lunch, or bring the kids. There will be tables and sofas over three floors of nooks and open spaces - we hope everyone can find their own space here.’

Completed in 1766, the theatre is the oldest continuously working theatre in the British Isles. The first phase of Bristol Old Vic’s multi-million pound redevelopment by Andrzej Blonski Architects was completed in September 2012 and included the refurbishment of the auditorium, new backstage facilities and rehearsal spaces. 

This scheme is due to complete in 2016.

Haworth Tompkins' proposed revamp of Bristol Old Vic

Haworth Tompkins’ proposed revamp of Bristol Old Vic

Project data

Architect Haworth Tompkins
Location Bristol, UK
Type of project Theatre; Front of House and studio. Part refurbishment
Client Bristol Old Vic Theatre Trust
Current stagePlanning (November 2013)
Start on site dateSpring 2015
Gross Internal floor area 2040m²
Form of contract/ procurement Design and Build, 2 part
Total cost £12 million
M&E consultant Max Fordham
Quantity surveyor Gardiner Theobald
Lighting consultant Max Fordham
Theatre and acoustic consultant Charcoalblue
Structural engineer Momentum Engineering

Haworth Tompkins' proposed revamp of Bristol Old Vic

Haworth Tompkins’ proposed revamp of Bristol Old Vic

Previous story (25.03.13)

Haworth Tompkins wins Bristol Old Vic overhaul contest

Young Vic architect Haworth Tompkins has seen off an impressive shortlist to overhaul Bristol’s Old Vic theatre

The practice beat Ian Ritchie Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Allies and Morrison, Eric Parry Architects and Levitt Bernstein to land the £8 million project to revamp the auditorium’s front of house.

A total of 43 architectural PQQ responses were received following the launch of the OJEU tender in September.

The auditorium on King Street, completed in 1766, is the oldest continuously working theatre in the British Isles. For the last 66 years, it has been the home of Bristol Old Vic. The first phase of Bristol Old Vic’s multi-million pound redevelopment by Andrzej Blonski Architects was completed in September 2012 and included the refurbishment of the auditorium, new backstage facilities and rehearsal spaces. 
 
This second phase is due complete in 2016, in time for the Theatre’s 250th Anniversary and will involve refurbishment of the theatre’s front of house and studio spaces.

Previous story (AJ 01.11.2012)

Top theatre architects lined up for Bristol Old Vic revamp

Young Vic architect Haworth Tompkins has been named on an impressive, six-strong shortlist in the contest to overhaul Bristol’s Old Vic

The practice is vying for the £8 million project to revamp the auditorium’s front of house alongside RSC Courtyard theatre designers Ian Ritchie Architects, Theatre Royal Bath architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Allies and Morrison, Eric Parry Architects and Levitt Bernstein.

A total of 43 architectural PQQ responses were received following the launch of the OJEU tender in September.

The auditorium on King Street, completed in 1766, is the oldest continuously working theatre in the British Isles. For the last 66 years, it has been the home of Bristol Old Vic. The first phase of Bristol Old Vic’s multi-million pound redevelopment by Andrzej Blonski Architects was completed last month (September 2012) and included the refurbishment of the auditorium, new backstage facilities and rehearsal spaces. 
 
This second phase is due complete in 2016, in time for the Theatre’s 250th Anniversary and will involve refurbishment of the theatre’s front of house and studio spaces.

Executive Director of Bristol Old Vic, Emma Stenning said: ‘Our reputation is growing through the quality of our work, but our ambitions are hampered by the concealed nature of our building.

‘By revealing the original Theatre walls for the first time, and framing the rest of the building to help it tell its story, we will at last be able properly to celebrate its unique nature and value.’

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