Shepherds's Bush, London
Two Stage Design & Build
Civic Trust Award Regional Finalist 2018
Civic Trust 'Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design 2018
AJ Architecture Awards 'Cultural Project of the Tear (Finalist) 2017
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The 180-seat Bush Theatre is a world-renowned seedbed for British playwrights, with a history that dates back to the early seventies. The Passmore Edwards Public Library in London’s Shepherd’s Bush became the home of the theatre in 2011, and in 2016 a £4.3m revitalisation of the old library was undertaken with the objective of creating a vibrant and diverse offering which reflected the city of London.
The project was undertaken in two phases, the first of which comprised the refurbishment and general remodelling of multiple areas within the space, as well as the creation of a new extended studio with a capacity of 70, featuring flexible seating configurations, and the West Corridor.
Phase Two targeted the addition of improved facilities for both staff and performers, including an attic rehearsal space and a writer’s room, while also improving accessibility to the venue. The public foyer was extended and connected to the entrance courtyard to create simplified access via the street.
The redevelopment project was a 'Cultural Project of the Year' finalist at the AJ Architecture Awards 2017, and received a 'Highly Commended Cultural Building' acknowledgement at the AJ Retrofit Awards 2017. It was also selected by the Hammersmith Society as winner of their Conservation Award for 2017.