Birmingham Hippodrome

Associated Architects, LDN Architects, Birmingham, 2001


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Hurst Street frontage 

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  • Hurst Street frontage    
  • The Inge Street facade    
  • The Thorp Street elevation    
  • The Thorp Street entrance fulfils the client’s request for ‘openness’    
  • A full-height atrium contains lifts, staircases, restaurants and bars    
  • The reconstructed entrance foyer has finally banished the feeling of being in a long, dull corridor    
  • The aesthetic is a modified High-Tech, where natural wood and stone balance slender steel columns    
  • Patterned glass throws dappled light onto the stairs    
  • Complete view of auditorium stage    
  • The qualities of Burdwood & Mitchell’s auditorium have been revealed by careful restoration     
  • Studio space    
  • Level two plan    
  • Section B-B    
  • Long section    

The reconstruction of a classic lyric theatre with a striking facade and improved facilities for audiences and employees

The Birmingham Hippodrome is an independent theatre and the home of Birmingham Royal Ballet and Dance X’change.

The development was designed with the objective of strengthening and extending the Hippodrome’s position through enhanced provision for its audiences, actors, dancers, musicians and staff.

The Centenary Development builds on the theatre’s 1,900 seat auditorium and stage house and includes a new 200 seat studio theatre, dance studios, new front of house, facilities and centre for the treatment and research of dance injuries, a new rear stage area.


  • Begun: Apr 1999
  • Completed: Oct 2001
  • Floor area: 12,945m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £18.2M
  • Funding: Arts Lottery
  • Tender date: Dec 1998
  • Procurement: JCT 80, Private with Quantities up to and including Amendment
  • Address: Hurst Street, West Midlands, Birmingham, B5 4TB, United Kingdom