Cross Laminated Timber was used for a series of significant new buildings at London’s iconic Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre.
The much loved Theatre is a London landmark and a firm fixture of summer in the city, with more than 130,000 people attending performances between May and September. The auditorium is one of the largest in London with 1,240 seats, yet those who attend say it is also one of the most intimate.
The series of buildings were designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects and installed by specialist timber engineers, Eurban. The new backstage area comprises a new office block, dressing rooms, wardrobe area and workshops and front of house a new box office and sheltered seating canopy have been created.
The various buildings are constructed using pre-fabricated Cross Laminated Timber boards produced at Stora Enso’s Bad St Leonards mill in Austria. The specification of CLT allowed for construction within the 6-month window between theatre seasons. The lightweight frames required minimal foundations and enabled existing tree-root systems to be preserved.
Most of the internal surfaces of the industrial grade CLT boards were left exposed providing a blank canvas against which the theatre company can work and giving the buildings a fresh and robust feeling of wellbeing.
Civic Trust Awards: Commendation
New London Architecture Award : Public Buildings
Client: New Shakespeare Company
Architect: Haworth Tompkins Architects
Main Contractor: Ashe Contractors
Timber Engineer & Specialist Contractor: Eurban
CLT Manufacturer: Stora Enso Building and Living
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