Haworth Tompkins has won the lead role in a dramatic redevelopment of Liverpool’s famous Everyman and Playhouse theatres.
Work on the £35 million restoration project includes virtually rebuilding and expanding the existing Everyman to twice its present size. A total refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Playhouse theatre, Britain’s oldest repertory theatre, is also planned, along with various ancillary facilities for both theatres.
The schemes are not expected to start until 2009 - the year after the city’s Capital of Culture celebrations finish - with completion 18 months later.
Gemma Bodinetz, artistic director at the Everyman and Playhouse, auditioned five architects for the job. Explaining the decision to pick Haworth Tompkins she said: ‘They share a vision and a sense of what these theatres are, what they have been and what they will be to us and to the people of Merseyside.’
The rest of the design team of the theatre, including structural and acoustic consultants, will now be recruited, and a final feasibility study conducted over the next three months.
Haworth Tomkins director Steve Tompkins will lead the project. He said: ‘Liverpool is one of the great cities of the world. The Everyman and Playhouse theatres are rich ingredients in the city’s cultural mix and they deserve to be rejuvenated in a way that honours their past and equips them for a new generation to enjoy.
Haworth Tompkins has been responsible for many award winning theatre spaces including The Egg children’s theatre at Bath (AJ Building Study 10.11.05) and London’s Royal Court and Young Vic theatres.