January 2015: As a practice that is passionate about cultural buildings and creative spaces, the majority of our projects play a big part in the life of their local communities. We take great care and pride in carefully restoring and adapting these much loved public buildings to ensure that they continue to be used and enjoyed to their full potential.
The following projects demonstrate a variety of challenges and solutions, each appropriate to the building’s context and history. They also demonstrate our commitment to preserving the rich heritage of arts buildings, and keeping them open, loved and enjoyed by the visiting public.
The Grade II* listed Eventim Apollo formerly the Hammersmith Apollo, is an outstanding example of an art deco cinema theatre. The extensive research and planning that we undertook enabled many of the original features to be revealed after years of being hidden behind board and layers of paint. State-of-the-art LED lighting reveals the stunning detail of the interiors to the public.
Hoxton Hall is a very rare surviving Victorian music hall and is listed Grade II*. Our masterplan for the phased development of the building was devised in 2010 and construction work for Phase 2 started earlier this year. Our designs will help this important building continue its youth arts programme and ensure many more years of use as a unique performance venue.
Parabola Arts Centre provides a state of the art 325-seat theatre for The Cheltenham Ladies’ College and comprises a new auditorium building, linked to a refurbished Grade II* listed Regency villa. The building is used by the College and the local community, as well as for a wide range of public events including the Cheltenham literary and design festivals.
The Grade II listed Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham is a major regional theatre and is the earliest surviving example of the work of prolific theatre architect Frank Matcham. Our work balanced historical accuracy, modern operational needs and a constrained budget. This important community building has been given a new lease of life, helping it to improve access and facilities for the visiting public and to restore the stunningly ornate interior.