Tower Bridge Theatre February 2017

Work has started on site to create a new home for The London Theatre Company. The project forms part of Berkeley's One Tower Bridge development and will create a new public foyer accessed from Potters Field and a 900 seat auditorium created at the heart of the existing development. Haworth Tompkins and stage engineering company Tait have developed an innovative modular auditorium system for this project.

BAC Grand Hall February 2017

Works have started on site to reconstruct the Grade II* listed Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre that was destroyed by a devastating fire on 13th March 2015. The external envelope and roof of the hall will be rebuilt to match the original design, whilst internally those elements of the Grand Hall that survived the fire are being preserved, features of the fabric that were lost in the fire are being reinterpreted, such as a new timber lattice ceiling that reflects the original decorative plaster ceiling. The works are being undertaken by contractors 8build and will take up to 18 months to complete.

Fish Island Village January 2017

Haworth Tompkins have been working with Peabody - one of the leading social housing providers in London - and the Trampery - a London-based social enterprise that designs and operates co-working space for creative and technological entrepreneurs - to rework an existing planning consent for a site on Fish Island in Hackney Wick. The revised proposals for the phased development have recently gained the support of the London Dockland Development Corporation. They will provide 580 homes and include proposals for 5,300 m2 of creative workspace, an increase in the provision of affordable homes on the site and a reworking of the architectural language to reference the local tradition of industry and making. Work will start on site in early 2017.

Fish Island Village

Portsmouth University Tour January 2017

Architect Chris Hartle led students from Portsmouth University on a tour of Silchester. The twenty architecture and architectural technologist students will be designing social housing for their final undergraduate projects, and came to London to learn more about a series of schemes.

Theatr Clwyd January 2017

Haworth Tompkins have been selected to work with Theatr Clwyd on a feasibility study to explore how the existing 1970s arts building can be made more sustainable and relevant to the demands of artists, audiences and the local community.

Theatr Clwyd

Bristol Old Vic December 2016

Haworth Tompkins' project for the Bristol Old Vic has started on site. Working with contractors Gilbert Ash, who also built the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, the work will include the restoration of the 18th Century Coppers Hall, the creation of a new studio theatre in the Coopers Hall undercroft and a dramatic new double height foyer space which will connect Kings Street to the 18th Century auditorium for the first time. The Old Vic is Grade 1 listed and is the UK's oldest continuously working theatre having celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2015. A temporary foyer has been created in the scene dock to allow the theatre to remain open throughout the works.

Bristol Old Vic

Blackwall Reach Phase 2 November 2016

Phase 2 of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration Project was granted planning permission by Tower Hamlets under delegated powers, after the planning application received no objections. Haworth Tompkins worked with Swan Housing and Metropolitan Architects on the scheme, which will deliver 268 new homes across four new buildings on the site of the western range of the Smithsons' Robin Hood Gardens. The project, which has been subject of extensive consultation with existing residents, will reprovide all the existing affordable homes on the site, with all the existing residents being offered the right to return. The scheme provides new homes that are at least as big as the units that they replace, many of which are dual aspect, and all of which have improved thermal and acoustic performance and more generous private balconies. The original central park and mound, which is a key feature of the Smithsons' proposals for Robin Hood Gardens, has been retained and incorporated into the new landscaping proposals.

The Architect's Journal

Twenty Years of Theatre Design November 2016

Steve Tompkins gave a talk entitled Twenty Years of Theatre Design to the Architecture Club in Frome. Pippa Goldfinger, the club's Programme Associate, said: "At a time of show-off shapism and dull professionalism Steve's projects ranging from the Royal Court extension to the rebuild of the Everyman in Liverpool demonstrate a real humanity and a deep understanding and appreciation of the people who perform and work within them." She stated that Steve's talk highlighted the unique relationship of the audience to the performer.

Twenty-Fifth Anniversary November 2016

We celebrated our twenty-fifth anniversary at a party with members of the studio past and present at The Royal Court Theatre's Bar & Kitchen in Sloane Square - a building which helped to launch the studio's work in the performing arts sector. Guests were able to enjoy cocktails specially created to capture the character of the three directors, while members of the studio designed hats that depicted the studio's buildings. We would like to thank all those who attended, as well as those who were unable to join us, for the part they have played in the work of the studio over the last twenty-five years.

Royal Court Theatre

Northumbria University Talk November 2016

Associate Martin Lyndon spoke at Northumbria University in Newcastle on 22nd November about theatre design. He talked about the process used to create a range of the studio's projects including: The National Theatre's NT Future, Young Vic and the 2014 Stirling Prize winning Everyman Theatre in Liverpool.

Northumbria University

The Institute of Historic Building Conservation October 2016

Associate Director Lucy Picardo spoke about the refurbishment and restoration of The Chichester Festival Theatre at The Institute of Historic Building Conservation South East Day School, at The View Hotel in Eastbourne, on 14th October. The talk focused on the whole project right from the writing of the Conservation Management Plan, through to the concept design, delivery on site and concluded with images of the finished building.


Observer Interview October 2016

An interview with Steve Tompkins by theatre critic Susannah Clapp appeared in The Observer on 16th October 2016. They discussed the practice's theatre work on The Liverpool Everyman, Battersea Arts Centre, The National Theatre, The Royal Court and Nick Starr's and Nicholas Hytner's new Bridge Theatre.


RICS National Awards October 2016

NT Future was the overall National winner in the Tourism and Leisure category of the RICS Awards 2016. The RICS judges said the team which included Haworth Tompkins, AECOM and Lend Lease have successfully allowed the building to be better used and appreciated by visitors with new quality facilities, and that the building has opened up new opportunities for The National Theatre Company.


National Theatre Talks October 2016

Steve Tompkins delivered a Platform talk on the 40th anniversary of the NT opening in the Lyttelton theatre with Richard Pilbrow and Paule Constable, discussing the evolution of the NT's auditoria designs and Denys Lasdun's lasting legacy. Steve was also in conversation with NT director Rufus Norris in the Olivier theatre as part of the ABTT seminar on the relationship between architects and theatre makers.

ABTT | National Theatre

Fit for the Future September 2016

Steve Tompkins gave a keynote talk at the Fit for the Future symposium at the Lyric Hammersmith on 21st September, which focused on how to build a resilient, environmentally sustainable cultural estate. It explored the opportunities and challenges of climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Julie's Bicycle

Open House London September 2016

Associate director Joanna Sutherland and architect Chris Hartle, led members of the public on tours of the Silchester Estate in Kensington and Chelsea as part of this year's Open House weekend on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September. The development is directly opposite Latimer Road tube station on Freston Road W10 6TT.

Open House

The London Evening Standard's Progress 1000 September 2016

Our directors Graham and Steve were included in The Evening Standard's The Progress 1000: London's most influential people 2016. The studio was praised for having set a new standard for theatre design and for the team's work at The Royal College of Art in Battersea.

The Progress 1000

The National Housing Awards August 2016

Two of Haworth Tompkins' projects for housing association Peabody were shortlisted in The National Housing Awards. Silchester Estate in Kensington and Chelsea was shortlisted in the Best Large Development category while Fish Island Village in Hackney Wick, East London, was included in the Best Scheme in Planning category.

National Housing Awards

Battersea Arts Centre August 2016

Battersea Arts Centre has opened a brand new theatre and activity space - the open-air Courtyard - which has launched with Little Bulb Theatre's Extravaganza Macabre, a tale of villainy and valour set in Victorian London. The new 75m2 Courtyard is a central feature of the phased project that Haworth Tompkins began in 2007. Four new facades combining existing red brick with white glazed brick infills and a number of new multi-level openings from surrounding corridors form part of the design.

Battersea Arts Centre

Chicago Athenaeum Architectural Awards July 2016

The Everyman Theatre and Chichester Festival Theatre have both received an International Architectural Award. The projects join 130 new buildings, commercial and institutional developments, landscape architecture, and urban planning projects from 43 nations as winners. The awards are held by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The projects will be exhibited in Istanbul preceding the Istanbul Design Biennial, which runs from September 2-30, 2016.

The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design

NATEAC Conference July 2016

Haworth Tompkins' Design Director Roger Watts spoke in New York on the 18th July at the North American Theatre, Engineering, Architecture Conference on the subject of The Lobby: Public Space, Private Club or Part of the Show? Speaking alongside him was Jonathan Marvel, founding principal at Marvel Architects and John Owens who is responsible for theatre and acoustics consultants Charcoalblue's New York studio.

NATEAC Conference

NLA Awards July 2016

Two of Haworth Tompkins' projects received NLA Awards at the ceremony at the Guildhall in London on 7th July. Somerleyton Road which is being designed with Metropolitan Workshop, Mae Architects, Zac Monro Architects and Foster Wilson Architects was a winner in the Housing sector, while RCA Battersea received an award in the Education sector, and it was also commended for the Mayor's prize which celebrates the project that best creatively contributes to the capital's economy. The annual New London Architecture Awards celebrate the best architecture and development recently completed or in design across the capital.

NLA Awards

Co-working and Co-living: Designing for Community June 2016

Director Toby Johnson spoke about Fish Island Village at Co-working and Co-living: Designing for Community, an event hosted by London-based social enterprise The Trampery and sponsored by Peabody for the London Festival of Architecture on 28th June. Selected in Dezeen's 'Top 10 Picks for London Festival of Architecture 2016', the event looked at different models for co-working and co-living and explored the benefits of living and working as part of a strong community. Fish Island Village will provide a new co-working environment, and the Trampery and Peabody are looking at a range of co-living models for the new development to provide below market rented homes for those working locally.


Royal Academy Summer Exhibition June 2016

A model of a New House in Hampstead, is exhibited at this year's Royal Academy Summer Exhibition from 8th June - 16th August. The theme for the Architecture Gallery, curated by Ian Ritchie and Louisa Hutton, is Unbuilt. Our model depicts a 1,700m2 family home that if created would have occupied an important position within a conservation area. The house is continuous and low-lying, nestled into the contours of the site between three large existing trees. Held without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition displays works in a variety of mediums and genres by emerging and established contemporary artists.

RA Summer Exhibition

Pride Breakfast June 2016

Haworth Tompkins sponsored the Architecture LGBT+ network launch event on Saturday 25th June ahead of the Pride in London Parade the same day. Supported and hosted by RIBA as part of the London Festival of Architecture, the breakfast was in the form of a Question and Answer session, chaired by Newsnight and Dragons Den presenter Evan Davis. It asked what the profession could do better to become more diverse and improve its LGBT representation.

Pride Breakfast

The Theatres Trust Conference June 2016

Haworth Tompkins sponsored this year's Theatres Trust Conference, Protecting Theatres, which took place on 21st June at New London Theatre, Drury Lane. Chair Mark Shenton led discussions that looked at the state of the nation's theatres and considered how best to protect theatres for the next 40 years. The conference considered the big picture - past and present influences on theatre architecture and design, and the provision of existing and new theatres in response to city and government devolution, changing demographics, housing delivery and community and audience demand.

Theatres Trust

Brighton to Brighton Charity Bike Ride June 2016

Cycling enthusiasts from Haworth Tompkins will be part of a group taking part in a fundraising ride from Brighton in Cornwall to Brighton in Sussex for The Starr Trust which supports young people in the Brighton area. The 277 mile journey will take place over four days from 22nd to 26th of June. See our Virgin Money Giving page here.

The Starr Trust

Coin Street Explored May 2016

Director Toby Johnson spoke at The Concrete Centre's pop up event Cafe Concrete on 19th May. His talk 'Coin Street Explored' provided an insight into our Coin Street development where the thermal mass of internally exposed cast insitu concrete and fair-faced masonry is effectively used as part of the energy efficiency strategy for the building.

The Concrete Centre

Ufford Street Granted Planning Permission May 2016

Haworth Tompkins and Acorn Property Group have secured permission for a new residential development on Ufford Street in Southwark. The scheme provides 60 new homes, 35 per cent of which will be for affordable, and 1200sqm of workspace. The site, which is south of the Cut, is close to the Young Vic and sits behind the Lewisham and Southwark College. A series of new public spaces are proposed on the site that will reinstate the area's historic urban layout, and includes a new route connecting the Cut through to Ufford Street.

The Architect's Journal

RICS Awards May 2016

The National Theatre 'NT Future' project won an award for conservation in the RICS Awards London Tourism and Leisure category. The key to the National Theatre's transformation was to re-engage the NT with the river, creating new public space and to dynamically link the NT to the South Bank and city. The RICS Awards showcase the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments.

RICS Awards

Battersea Arts Centre Planning Permission May 2016

Following the devastating fire that destroyed the Grade 2* listed Battersea Town Hall's Grand Hall on 13th March 2015, we have been working with Battersea Arts Centre and their insurers on a scheme to rebuild the Grand Hall. Following extensive consultation with Historic England, Wandsworth and local amenity groups we have developed proposals to rebuild the envelope of the Grand Hall on a like-for-like basis to preserve the integrity of the listed building and its relationship with its context. However a more radical approach has been agreed for rebuilding the interior that will see the original fabric preserved and reused, but any lost fabric replaced with a new contemporary but complementary language. This provides opportunities to improve accessibility and upgrade the technical infrastructure to improve the range of events that the space can support. On the 6th May the proposals were granted full planning and listed building consent with unanimous support from the Planning Committee, and on 16th June William Anelay were appointed as contractors with rebuilding work due to start on site in July.

Battersea Arts Centre

To Be Continued... May 2016

Haworth Tompkins sponsored one of The London Library's Words in the Square events which celebrated 175 years of inspiration at The London Library. The talk on 7th May 'To Be Continued...' saw authors Sebastian Faulks and Sophie Hannah, who have both written continuity novels, discuss what it is like to continue a series of books written by someone else.

The London Library

RIBA London Awards May 2016

RCA Battersea was a winner at the 2016 RIBA London Awards on 3rd May. The judges commented that: 'The enthusiasm and synergy between architect and client was evident as soon as the judges crossed the threshold.' As a London Regional winner RCA Battersea will now be considered for a RIBA National Award.

RIBA Awards

The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme April 2016

Haworth Tompkins is supporting The Stephen Lawrence Building Futures Programme to support access to the architectural profession for students from all backgrounds to help improve the diversity and inclusiveness of the profession. As part of this programme Haworth Tompkins will provide mentoring and work experience placements to some of the students that the Trust supports.

Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust

Civic Trust Awards March 2016

Haworth Tompkins' National Theatre 'NT Future' project received a Civic Trust Award at the 57th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony on Friday 4th March 2016 at The Swan, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.

Civic Trust Awards

Housing Study Trips March 2016

Members of our Housing Group took study trips to Copenhagen and Zurich to look at housing precedents and other architectural highlights of the two cities. The team visited a range of buildings in the Danish capital including the Dronningegarden Estate; the Nyboder Housing District; Halfdansgade 30 and Grundtvig's Church. In Switzerland the team visited the Tamedia offices by Shigeru Ban; Marcel Breuer's Villa Stahelein; Hohes Haus West by Loelinger Strub; and found time to have a drink in Meili & Peter's lovely Riff Raff cinema bar.

Georgia Tech School of Architecture March 2016

Graham Haworth will be giving a talk as part of the Georgia Tech School of Architecture Lecture Series in Atlanta on the 30th March. He will outline the studio's design approach through an exploration of the working practice of Adaptation and Transformation, illustrating how architecture aims to create a freedom to move between Lo-Fi and Hi-Fi and engage with the more ambiguous and less precise areas of reality, through thoughtful adjustment, remodeling and recalibration with the occasional technical flaw, distortion, background noise and hum.

Georgia Tech

Studio Promotions February 2016

We are pleased to announce the following promotions within the studio:

Roger Watts has been made a Design Director. Roger has been with Haworth Tompkins for over 20 years and worked on most of the practice's performing arts projects as well as leading the design stages of the work we have carried out for the Royal College of Art.

Lucy Picardo, Sarah Hare and Chris Fellner have been made Associate Directors.

Imogen Long, Martin Lydon, Ken Okonkwo, Andrew Rowson, Matt Sicolo and Dan Tassell have been made Associates.

CIBSE Building Performance Awards February 2016

The Liverpool Everyman has been named the overall Building Performance Champion of 2016 and Project of the Year in the Leisure category at the CIBSE Building Performance Awards 2016, based on building data collected since completion in 2014. The judges said: "This entry was something special - it goes beyond carbon, looking at all the other things that tie sustainability together. One of the biggest challenges a client faces is bringing engineers and architects together, and this building does that; it looks great and really performs."


King Alfred Site, Hove February 2016

We will be the architects for the ambitious redevelopment of the King Alfred Site in Hove, West Sussex, alongside specialist Sports and Leisure architectural practice LA Architects following Brighton and Hove Council's Policy and Resource Committee selecting Crest Nicholson and Hove-based charity The Starr Trust as their development partners. The proposals will complete a two-mile promenade from Brighton's Palace Pier and will include a leisure complex, a public square connecting Hove to the seafront, a community art centre, retail and workspace, and around 560 new mixed tenure homes.

Starr Trust

Stage Awards February 2016

Haworth Tompkins' work for the National Theatre, NT Future, has been awarded the accolade of Theatre Building of the Year at The Stage Awards 2016. The awards describe the work as 'the most significant refurbishment of the theatre since its creation in 1964, updating ideas of what a national institution can and should offer'. Since 2011, The Stage Awards have reflected the industry's best performing theatres and theatremakers.

Stage Awards

Blackwall Reach February 2016

Haworth Tompkins and Metropolitan Workshop have been appointed as joint architects by Swan Housing Association for Phase 2 of the Blackwall Reach Regeneration in Tower Hamlets. We alongside Swan and its regeneration partners The London Borough of Tower Hamlets and the Greater London Authority, are currently holding public consultation events to shape the designs at the pre-planning application stage. Following consultation, the designs will be developed to ensure they deliver the highest standards of design and quality. This large regeneration project will transform a key area of the Borough, adjacent to the Blackwall Tunnel, replacing 252 homes with over 1500 new homes, commercial premises and community facilities.

Swan Housing Association

RICS Awards February 2016

The National Theatre 'NT Future' project has been shortlisted in the RICS Awards London Conservation category. This year's awards ceremony will take place on 4th May at The Lancaster London. The RICS Awards showcase the achievements of the most inspirational regional initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment.


USITT Awards January 2016

The Everyman Theatre will receive an Honour Award in The United States Institute for Theatre Technology's (USITT) 2016 Architecture Awards. USITT's Architecture Awards recognise excellence in theatre project design and promotes interest in the world of entertainment design and technology. The award will be presented at the USITT Annual Conference & Stage Expo at Salt Lake City, Utah in March.


Somerleyton Road Granted Planning January 2016

The major regeneration scheme, Somerleyton Road in Brixton, which will bring 304 new homes for rent by local people, a range of community facilities and a purpose built home for the Ovalhouse Theatre has received planning permission. Local residents have been a key part of the process as Haworth Tompkins work to create 70 new varying-sized homes, alongside Metropolitan Workshop, Mae Architects, Zac Monro Architects and Foster Wilson Architects.

Future Brixton

Civic Trust Awards January 2016

The National Theatre 'NT Future' project has been selected to receive a Civic Trust Award or Commendation at the 57th Annual Civic Trust Awards Ceremony in March. The Civic Trust Awards scheme was established in 1959 to recognise the very best in architecture, design, planning, landscape and public art.

Civic Trust Awards

Stage Awards January 2016

Haworth Tompkins' National Theatre 'NT Future' project has been shortlisted in the Theatre Building of the Year category, while Chichester Festival Theatre is in the running for the Regional Theatre of the Year in The Stage Awards 2016. The awards reflect the industry's best performing theatres and theatre makers.

Stage Awards