The Broadway Theatre

Foster Wilson Architects, London, 2004


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The Broadway Theatre 

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  • The Broadway Theatre    
  • The south end of the foyer    
  • The civi hall has been converted into a theatre, with tiered seats    
  • View of the stage from the existing barrier    
  • The original brick front incorporated into the new foyer    
  • Site plan    
  • Basement floor plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Initial sketch    

Conversion of Barking's 1960s civic hall into a community arts centre

The scheme incorporates a flexible 328 seat performance space formed by the insertion of hanging balconies and a retractable bleacher seating system within the old auditorium.

The arts centre provides accommodation for the Performing Arts department of Barking College, including rehearsal and dance studios, a recording studio and workshops.

An extension, at the front of the building creates a new profile for the centre and provides a large double-height foyer space with a box office, lift, toilets and offices and a terrace overlooking the Barking Abbey grounds. Accommodation for Barking College is provided on the lower ground floor.

The arts and education complex represents the first stage of the regeneration strategy for Barking Town centre.


  • Begun: Aug 2003
  • Completed: 2004
  • Floor area: 3,250m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £3.6M
  • Tender date: May 2003
  • Procurement: JCT 98 Local authorities with quantities
  • Address: Broadway, Barking, London, IG11 7LS, United Kingdom

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