Battersea Arts Centre / Haworth Tompkins

Battersea Arts Centre / Haworth Tompkins

© Fred Howarth © Philip Vile © Philip Vile © Philip Vile + 31

  • Architects: Haworth Tompkins
  • Area Area of this architecture project Area:  3800
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  2018
  • Photographs Photographs:  Philip Vile, Fred Howarth
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project
    Manufacturers: Domus Tiles, Yannedis, Hakwood, Modular Clay Products, Triple E
  • Contractor: 8Build, Gilbert-Ash
  • Structural Engineers: Price & Myers, Heyne Tillett Steel
  • Services Engineers: Skelly & Couch, XCO2
  • Theatre Consultant: Theatreplan, Charcoalblue
  • Acoustic Engineer: Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design, SoundSpace Design
  • Quantity Surveyor: Bristow Johnson
  • Signage: Jake Tilson
  • Light Fittings: Haworth Tompkins/Rob McIntyre
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© Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

Text description provided by the architects. Architects Haworth Tompkins have completed a 12-year transformation of the Grade II* listed Battersea Arts Centre. Begun as an extended, improvisatory collaboration with artists, theatre producers and the local community, the entire former town hall building is now in use for creative and community activity, increasing the number of performance spaces from 4 to 35 and incorporating artists’ bedrooms, a new rooftop office and staff garden, a creative business hub, a community allotment and an outdoor theatre.

© Fred Howarth
© Fred Howarth
Ground Floor Plan
Ground Floor Plan

Architect and client worked as equal partners throughout the process, sharing design authorship and inviting creative collaborations. Following a devastating fire three years ago, the famous Grand Hall has been radically re-imagined as a 21st-century performance space, allowing the organization to host bigger productions, community celebrations and revenue generating events.

© Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

A new bar installation by artist Jake Tilson records the evidence of the fire, as do the scarred, unrestored walls of the hall. The timber lattice ceiling borrows the decorative pattern of the original plaster vault but allows far greater technical and acoustic possibilities.

© Philip Vile
© Philip Vile
Grand Hall Detail Section (Descriptions)
Grand Hall Detail Section (Descriptions)
© Fred Howarth
© Fred Howarth

Overall, the £13m project (excluding insurance for the Grand Hall) has enabled Battersea Arts Centre to fulfill its mission as a more resilient, more inclusive and more accessible civic space.  

© Philip Vile
© Philip Vile

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Address: Battersea, London SW11 1RU, United Kingdom

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Cite: "Battersea Arts Centre / Haworth Tompkins" 30 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/910491/battersea-arts-centre-haworth-tompkins/> ISSN 0719-8884
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