Shakespeare's Globe - West Block

Shakespeare’s Globe West Block project involves the redevelopment of the exhibition spaces, administration areas, library and archive in the West Block, and will contribute to achieving the Globe’s objective for a more sustainable site.

The work is divided into two parts: the refurbishment of the existing basement and exhibition areas and new event space at entry level; and new-build construction from entry level upwards, including a new third floor.

Skelly & Couch’s servicing and plant strategy meets the highest standards of energy efficiency. Refurbished and new-build elements will be mechanically ventilated using Termodeck with additional heat/coolth being derived from an existing basement de-watering borehole installation. Areas of the new West Block building above ground will have operable windows/vent panels so that the mechanical ventilation can be supplemented with additional fresh air.

Skelly & Couch is working on the project with Southwark-based architects Allies and Morrison, the firm which recently designed the captivating Sam Wanamaker Playhouse indoor theatre, also located on the Globe site.