Wednesday, 03 December 2014

Haworth Tompkins' Winning Year

Haworth Tompkins has crowned an exceptional year by winning Building Design’s 2014 Schueco Gold Award as Architect of the Year. Only weeks after landing the RIBA Stirling Prize, as well as the 2014 RIBA London Architect of the Year Award, the Kentish Town-based practice was also named BD’s Refurbishment Architect and Public Building Architect of the Year for their body of work, much of it in partnership with Skelly & Couch. See Awards.

Leading building environment engineers Skelly & Couch have collaborated with Haworth Tompkins on a gamut of projects, including Chichester Festival Theatre (above), described by BD as “a subtle yet spirited reinvention of a revered Modernist icon”.

The iconic, Grade II*-Listed Chichester Festival Theatre was designed originally by Powell and Moya in 1962 and over the past fifty years has been a hugely successful and influential centre for the performing arts.

The 1,300-seat auditorium was fully refurbished as part of the recent works, which included the complete replacement by Skelly & Couch of all mechanical and electrical services using sustainable technologies to minimise future running costs and reduce CO2 emissions. A ground source heat pump provides the majority of the heating and cooling and the ventilation system within the theatre has been significantly re-designed to increase comfort. Close co-ordination with Haworth Tompkins allowed the integration of substantially improved thermal elements and new plant within an extremely tight envelope.

Other successful projects featuring collaboration between Skelly & Couch and Haworth Tompkins:

• The Grade II-listed, 6000sqm Battersea Arts Centre, a long-term project upgrading services, technical infrastructure and thermal performance
Bishop’s Palace House, Kingston Riverside, the transformation of an outdated 1970s structure into an exciting retail and leisure destination
Donmar Warehouse Dryden Street, the refurbishment of a 19th century London warehouse owned by the leading UK theatre company
• Award-winning new front and back-of-house facilities for Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.