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Royal Shakespeare Company Transformation Project

Client: Royal Shakespeare Company

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon

Awards: RIBA Award, Civic Trust Award Winner

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Transformation Project is a major development to provide a new theatre and associated facilities at the existing Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford on Avon.

Improved public spaces both inside and surrounding the theatre will create a more welcoming place for both visitors and local people.  A new theatre tower with viewing platform, theatre square for outdoor performances, a linking foyer to join the Royal Shakespeare and Swan theatres and improved cafe, restaurant and toilet facilities are central to the project. The gardens, pathways and riverside walk are all part of the scheme.

We have provided landscape design services to the project team during the main contract period. This has included preparing detailed landscape proposals along the River Avon to support a floodplain mitigation scheme for approval by the Environment Agency.

Other inputs have comprised preparing proposals for works to the RSC's Theatre and Centenary Gardens and proposals for the entrance and circulation spaces around the theatre. We have also prepared access enhancement proposals for the river ferry service within the gardens and coordinated work with the arboricultural consultant.

An exhibition, Transformations - which explores how the design and construction team approached some of the major aspects of the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres, incorporating the best of the existing 1932 Elisabeth Scott Art Deco building with bold new architectural features, can now be seen at the theatre and the RST will formally open in spring 2011.