Leeds Playhouse triumphs at the Scottish Design Awards

14 September 2020

Last Thursday, Leeds Playhouse was crowned Public Building of the Year and received the Architecture Grand Prix at the Scottish Design Awards 2020.

The theatre has been transformed by a radical reconfiguration and extension of the existing building to create a new face for the organisation and improve accessibility for all.

Originally opened in 1990, the venue's new extension features a façade of brightly coloured ceramics, giving it a strong visual identity. Internally, the development allowed replacement of the existing outdated and inefficient plant with modern versions offering far greater efficiency and controllability, with benefits both in terms of CO2 footprint and running costs.

Working alongside Page\Park Architects, we provided M&E services, focusing on the improvement and upgrading of the Quarry and Courtyard Theatres and the development of the Rock Void area into a permanent, flexible and contemporary space within Leeds Playhouse to allow artists and audiences to experience both the making of and watching new work.

“A lot to recommend. A well put together, accomplished and well-thought-through extension. A willful and charming use of colour which a lot of architects shy away from. It's welcoming and not too stuffy and will encourage diverse audiences. There's a big wow about it and it's socially important.The ceramic patterning brings something creative and innovative back to the street. It's a happy, joyous building. The most striking piece of design!” - Jury Judgement, Scottish Design Awards 2020


"The transformed Leeds Playhouse marks the most exciting new chapter in our history for decades and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to enjoy and explore. The new building will allow us to offer the magic of theatre to everyone, all under one roof. There is a tangible buzz around culture in Leeds right now – with the relocation of Channel 4 and the upcoming plans for Leeds 2023, this really is the most fantastic time to be reopening a theatre that the whole city can be proud of." - James Brining, Executive Director, Leeds Playhouse (Architects’ Journal)


Leeds Playhouse’ new extension features a façade of brightly coloured ceramics and feature lighting, giving it a strong visual identity and appeal.

The Rock Void Theatre retains the feel of an 'as found' space with services sensitively integrated with the existing brickwork and concrete soffits.

The Courtyard Theatre was completely stripped out to allow for installation of a new low-energy air handling unit with integrated heat-pump cooling, new house lighting and theatre technical electrics.

The triple-height atrium is flooded with daylight.

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