Chichester Festival Theatre

Structural Designer

Price & Myers

Client Name

Chichester Festival Theatre

Location

Chichester, United Kingdom

ARCHITECT
Haworth Tompkins
CONTRACTOR
Osborne
SERVICES ENGINEER
Skelly & Couch
THEATRE CONSULTANT
Charcoalblue
ACOUSTIC CONSULTANT
Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT
Camlin Lonsdale Landscape Architects

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

Chichester Festival Theatre is one of very few 20th Century buildings to be Grade II* listed. When it opened in 1962, it caused a stir with its strong Brutalist design. After fifty years of use, the building required thorough modernisation. This project restored much of the original design, removing all previous extensions and remodelling the foyer and auditorium, as well as adding a new steel extension. A shrewd arrangement of steelwork allows the theatre to suspend various props and rigging systems above the thrust stage, without putting any additional load on the existing roof.

Judge's comment:

The judges were impressed by the manner in which the engineers approached the challenging original structure. Sensitive structural assessments were required and the interventions adapted for the discovered circumstances. The final result is one which respects the original building.