Posted on 13/03/2014
Foster Wilson Architects, in collaboration with specialist consultants Theatreplan, were appointed in 2011 to develop proposals for a new theatre extension to the listed Katharine Worth Building (then Sutherland House), which houses the Department of Drama & Theatre. The extension, which replaced our existing 'black box' studio theatre, provides a flexible galleried studio theatre with a seating capacity of 175, two rehearsal studios, a workshop and dressing rooms, linked to the existing house by a single storey glazed foyer link. Completed in 2013, the extension is an apsidal brick building to achieve a high level of acoustic isolation due to its proximity to a main road and Heathrow flight path.
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