Great British Buildings - Chichester Festival Theatre tour

An exclusive opportunity to hear more about the RIBA South East Building of the Year from the Project Architect who designed it.


October 27 2015 • 11.00am
to 1.00pm


Emma Hardy 0118 9874900








Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Client: Chichester Festival Theatre
Awards won:

  • RIBA South East Award 2015
  • RIBA South East Building of the Year 2015
  • RIBA South East Project Architect of the Year 2015
  • RIBA South East Consvervation Award 2015
  • RIBA South East Sustainability Award 2015

Chichester Festival Theatre was originally built in 1962 as a pavilion in the park, designed by Powell & Moya. Architects Haworth Tompkins carried out extensive research to gain a deep understanding of how the building was constructed and why, to ensure that the iconic concrete supporting structures remained in place and that the essence of the building was not lost. They also understood the original building in such great detail that they were able to challenge original design decisions and improve many aspects of the functionality of the theatre.

The brief required extensive remodelling of the original structure, extensions, and alterations to make the theatre fit for purpose in the 21st century. A clear distinction was made between the front-of-house and extended back-of-house, with the use of Corten steel which perfectly complements the rough brutal concrete of the structure.

Design cues such the vertical timber boarding were used throughout the building to visually connect spaces and even provide a branding device for the theatre. Complex structural and conservation issues were handled sympathetically and with style. A tight timeframe for construction added to the complexity of the project. This is a true masterclass in how to restore and augment an existing iconic building. The result is a wonderful exemplar of modern design, which far exceeds the original ambition of the theatre.

If you would like to attend this tour please contact to book your place (booking is necessary).

This series is sponsored by: PERGO