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Gareth Hoskins designs £5.8m National Theatre of Scotland HQ

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Gareth Hoskins Architects has drawn up plans for a new headquarters for the National Theatre of Scotland

The £5.8 million scheme will transform a disused warehouse in Speirs Wharf, north Glasgow into a new home for the theatre company.

The 3,700m² canal-side building will include rehearsal rooms, a community drama workshop, costume production facilities, and technical and administration spaces.

It will be the first time the nine-year-old theatre company’s back-of-house activities have all been housed under one roof. Its productions and performances will continue to be site specific, taking place in halls, pubs, schools, theatres and high-rise flats.

Chris Coleman-Smith, director at Gareth Hoskins Architects, said: ‘We are delighted to be working with the National Theatre of Scotland, and a wider team of very capable consultants, to create a place where functions currently housed in scattered, and in cases inadequate, accommodation can be brought together in an efficient new facility.

We are excited by the ambition

‘We are excited by the ambition of the organisation to create theatre on a national and international scale that is contemporary, confident and forward-looking and ourselves look to deliver a building that reflects that ambition.

‘The new facility is designed to meet both their immediate and long term requirements, facilitating the continued evolution, development and growth of the National Theatre of Scotland, and contributing to the sustainable regeneration of the area.’

Laurie Sansom, artistic director at the National Theatre of Scotland, added: ‘For the first time ever, we have the opportunity to create a space that brings together our Company, our colleagues and all our communities. A place of imagination, learning and play. A space from which we can begin to fulfil our ambitions, not just for the National Theatre of Scotland but for the wider theatre community and the entire nation.’

Work is set to start on site in July 2015 and the building is expected to open in spring 2016.

Project data

Location Glasgow, Scotland
Type of project cultural
Client National Theatre of Scotland
Architect Gareth Hoskins Architects
Structural engineer Woolgar Hunter
M&E engineer Atelier 10
Quantity surveyor Thomas Adamson
Acoustic consultant Sandy Brown Associates
Transport consultant Sam Shortt Consultants
Accessibility design consultant Phil Chambers Consultancy
Start on site date July 2015
Completion date Spring 2016
Gross internal floor area 3,700m2
Total cost £5.8 million


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