September 2013: The refurbishment of Hammersmith Apollo by award-winning practice Foster Wilson Architects has restored the Grade II* listed venue to its former art deco glory.
The legendary live entertainment venue, which opened its doors earlier this month following a nine-week closure, has revealed a uniquely patterned terrazzo floor, friezes by the artist New bury Abbott Trent, decorative art deco g lass and two marble staircases, previously concealed beneath the stage.
The building has been given a new lease of life following a multi- million pound investment by owners AEG Live and CTS Eventim. Refurbishment of the venue, to be known as the Eventim Apollo, has included the installation of new fixtures and fittings, restoration of ornate plasterwork and historically sensitive decoration. In addition, multi- coloured L ED lighting has been introduced, new bars installed with illuminated glass counters and all seating refurbished or replaced.
Over the next nine months work w ill continue to re- upholster seats and restore original light fittings, ensuring that every feature of the iconic venue reflects the building’s art deco style and detail. More on this project.
Structural Engineer: Conisbee
Quantity Surveyor: Bartlett Projects
Lighting Consultant: James Morse Lighting Design
Acoustic Engineers: Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
Project photography © Tom Cronin