The transformation of the RSC’s theatre has brought new life to one of the world’s most iconic theatre venues while retaining many elements of the original building – a stunning performance indeed

Building Magazine’s Project of the year

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Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres Transformation, Stratford-upon-Avon

Entered by mace and bennetts associates
Visible for miles around the rolling Warwickshire hillsides, this huge brick tower of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre the rebirth of one of the most iconic performance venues in the UK. Brilliantly pulled off and an example of  painstaking attention to detail and a long exercise in retention, replacement and renewal, this building is a worthy winner of this year’s award for Building magazine project of the year. The empathetic approach to the original architecture should be applauded and major elements of the original Elizabeth Scott building have been retained but woven expertly into a new fabric. An outstanding feat in historically sensitive design that leave room for new, updated elements to give this original great modern twist.

Project team

Client: Royal Shakespeare Company
Architect: Bennetts Associates
Structure and services engineer: Buro Happold
Cost consultant: Gardiner & Theobald
Project manager: Drivers Jonas
Construction manager: Mace
Acoustic engineer: Acoustic Dimensions
Theatre consultant: Charcoalblue


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