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Nicholas Hare unveils £3.65m school theatre


Nicholas Hare Architects has completed this new theatre at St Paul’s School in Barnes

The 1,185m2 building features a 240-seat auditorium with supporting spaces wrapped around three of its sides.

It also includes a double height foyer, four classrooms, and an entrance hall.

The brick building leaves the material exposed in the entrance and foyer areas while externally the buff-coloured brickwork is offset by bronze-anodised window frames and canopies.

The project forms part of the school’s Patel Taylor masterplan which Nicholas Hare was appointed to develop back in 2006.

The practice has already completed a RIBA London Award-winning Science Centre as part of the school’s ongoing redevelopment.

Edward Williams, head of drama at St Paul’s School, said: ‘A wonderful facility for the school and an immense privilege for those who will work in it.’

High master Mark Bailey, added: ‘A visually impressive building, which connects us at last with the river.  A delightfully intimate theatre, with excellent acoustics and an immediate contact between performer and audience…a slice of the West End in SW13.’

St Paul's Drama Centre and Samuel Pepys Theatre by Nicholas Hare Architects

Project data

Location St Paul’s School, Lonsdale Road, Barnes
Type of project education
Client St Paul’s School
Architect Nicholas Hare Architects
Project manager Gardiner & Theobald
Contractor Prime Construction
Engineer Arup
Quantity surveyor EC Harris
Theatre consultant Charcoal Blue
M&E consultant Arup
Planning consultant Nathaniel Litchfield and Partners
Gross internal floor area 1,185m2
Form of contract Design & Build
Total cost £3.65 million gross construction cost
Annual predicted CO2 emissions 48 kgCO2/ m2 (regulated energy)
Predicted air tightness levels <5 m3/hr/m2 @ 50Pa


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