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Extension and refurbishment of a theatre that was originally converted from the 19th century Hope Hall chapel
The scope of work includes a 400 seat adaptable auditorium, a smaller performance and development space, a large rehearsal room, public foyers, echibition spaces, workshops and ancillary spaces.
The building makes use of the complex and constrained site geometry by arranging the public spaces around a series of half levels, establishing a continuous winding promenade from street to auditorium. The auditorium is an adaptable thrust stage space of 400 seats, constructed from the reclaimed bricks of Hope Hall and manifesting as the internal walls of the foyers.
Externally, local red brick was selected for the walls and four large ventilation stacks, giving the building a distinct silhouette and meshing it into the surrounding architecture.
The entire façade is a large, collaborative work of public art. The design combines thermally massive construction with a series of natural ventilation systems.
- Begun: Nov 2011
- Completed: Oct 2013
- Floor area: 4,690m2
- Sector: Arts and culture
- Total cost: £13.4M
- Procurement: JCT 2005
- Address: Hope Street, Merseyside, Liverpool, United Kingdom
- Architect: Haworth Tompkins
- Client: Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust
- Main contractor: Gilbert-Ash
- Project manager: GVA Acuity
- Quantity surveyor: Gardiner & Theobald
- Theatre consultant: Charcoalblue
- Structural engineer: Alan Baxter & Associates
- Service Engineer : Watermans Building Services
- CDM Co-ordinator: Turner and Townsend
- Acoustic consultant: Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
- Access consultant: Earnscliffe Davies