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Southwark Playhouse 

Elephant & Castle, United Kingdom


Client: Southwark Playhouse

Status: Complete

Project Team

Ian Chalk Architects - Architect
Heyne Tillett Steel - Structural Engineer 
Buro Happold - MEP Engineer 
Pulse - Quantity Surveyor 
Storey Projects - Project Manager 
Peter Bailey - Theatre Consultant 
Gillieron Scott - Acoustic Consultant 
Shore Engineering - Principal Designer
Eight Associates - BREEAM Consultant


The project provides the fit out for the South London theatre company in the basement, ground and first floors of a new-build residential tower block. The scheme provides two performance spaces as well as associated front-of-house and back-of-house areas, including: cafe and bar, dressing areas, technical galleries and company offices. 

Designed on a limited budget, the project utilises raw materials and exposed services to maximise project scope; a central void creates a double height space within the foyer housing the bar and seating area.

The main auditorium is capable of housing up to 315 people depending on configuration; demountable balconies maximise flexibility of both audience and productions. A second, smaller studio space, aimed at youth and community shows is capable of holding 100 people.


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