Bristol City Council has approved plans for Haworth Tompkins’ new front of house at the Bristol Old Vic
The £12 million scheme to rebuild the foyer at the 250 year old building, which houses the Britain’s oldest continuously opperated theatre, will also include the construction of a studio theatre and the refurbishment of the 18th Century Coopers’ Hall.
Haworth Tompkins won the commision to revamp the Bristol Old Viv in March 2013 beating a strong shortlist of Ian Ritchie Architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Allies and Morrison, Eric Parry Architects and Levitt Bernstein.
The project follows the refurbishment of main auditorium by Andrzej Blonski Architects that was completed in September 2012 and included the refurbishment of the auditorium, new backstage facilities and rehearsal spaces.
Work is planned to start in April 2015, with completion scheduled for the end of 2016, to coincide with the Theatre’s 250th anniversary year.
Steve Tompkins, director of Haworth Tompkins, said: ‘We are delighted that the Bristol Old Vic Anniversary project has been given such a strong endorsement from the planning committee. It lays the foundation for the next phase of honing, detailing and prototyping as we prepare to take this important project onto site next year.
‘The team have really appreciated the level of intelligent and engaged feedback from the planning department and the people of Bristol.’