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Stirling Prize winners to design home for new London theatre company

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Haworth Tompkins is working on plans to house the new London Theatre Company in the emerging One Tower Bridge development

The 900-seat venue is being billed as the flagship cultural space within Squire and Partners’ wider mixed-used project on Potters Field, between Tower Bridge and City Hall, which is currently under construction.

The London Theatre Company was set up last year by Nicholas Hytner and Nick Starr, the former artistic director and executive director of the National Theatre.

The independent production company has asked Haworth Tompkins - the winner of last year’s Stirling Prize with its highly acclaimed Everyman Theatre in Liverpool - to draw up plans for a new theatre ‘that answers the needs of contemporary theatre-makers and audiences’.

The practice has already worked on a number of projects with Hytner during his stint at the National Theatre, including the temporary Shed venue and its recently completed £80million remodelling (see AJ 08.05.15).

Due to open in 2017, the new venue will sit in the heart of the Berkeley homes-backed residential-led development at One Tower Bridge which will create nearly 400 homes.

Tony Pidgley, chairman of Berkeley Group, said: ‘This is the next big step for the London Bridge area.

’After several false-starts, Berkeley is delighted to be able to deliver the world-class cultural facility envisioned by Southwark Council.

‘The London Theatre Company will have a strong beneficial impact upon the area, creating footfall, growth and jobs and consolidating Southwark’s status as a major cultural destination. Together with the cafés, shops and restaurants here, we can create the Covent Garden of the south bank.”

Hytner and Starr added: ‘While London is fortunate in its heritage of Victorian and Edwardian theatres, relatively few new theatres of scale have been built in London in the last hundred years.

It feels like the time is right for a new theatre that answers the needs of contemporary theatre-makers and audiences, and which will be the home to our new independent producing company.

‘With our friends Steve Tompkins and Roger Watts of Haworth Tompkins we’ve been looking for the kind of space, in the kind of location that could galvanise playwrights, directors and actors.’

Haworth Tompkins' proposed home for The London Theatre Company at One Tower Bridge

Previous story (AJ 09.08.10)

Revealed: Squire and Partners’ submits Potters Field plans

Squire and Partners has finally submitted plans for this mixed-use residential and cultural development on Potters Field next to Tower Bridge in London

Dubbed One Tower Bridge, the project features nine apartment blocks as well as ‘a large cultural facility’ and replaces a previous high-rise scheme designed by Ian Ritchie.

Squire and Partners replaced Ritchie on the development back in May 2008 and landowners, Berkeley Homes and the London Borough of Southwark have since been thrashing out the exact details of the proposals which also includes a 21-storey tower.

According to the practice the ‘building materials, mass, and scale mediate between the brickwork and alleyways of Shad Thames and the modern glass and steel buildings of More London, and as a group, work together to create new access ways to connect the riverside to Tooley Street and Tower Bridge Road’.

The Thames-side brownfield, once a heavily industrialised working wharf, has sat empty since the 1970s, early next year.

sat empty since the 1970s, early next year.

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