Winner 2011

Award for
Structural Heritage

Project Description

This project was the £57 million radical transformation of the Grade II* listed Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon. At its heart lies a new thrust stage auditorium which, at 1030 capacity, is the largest of its kind in the world and will revolutionise the way audiences experience live theatre. The design sensitively incorporates the most significant remains of the earlier theatre which stood on the site whilst bringing the building into the 21st century through the application of innovative structural design – resulting in the best space in the world for the performance of Shakespeare.

Judge’s comments

"The sensitive and complex refurbishment and remodelling of this landmark in our cultural heritage has elevated what was undoubtedly a theatre that was artistically world-renowned into a theatre that is technically world-class."

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Buro Happold

Client Name

  • Royal Shakespeare Company

Year Submitted

  • 2011

Submitted By

  • Buro Happold