<span>Bristol</span><span>Old</span><span>Vic</span>

Bristol Old Vic

Bristol Old Vic

The Grade I listed Bristol Old Vic is Britain’s longest continuously-operating theatre. The Anniversary Works provides a radical transformation of the foyers and front of house areas, also upgrading the studio theatre facilities.

The original 1766 Cooper’s Hall building is re-emphasised by replacing the adjacent 1970’s addition with a much more transparent foyer infill. This provides views through to reveal the original main Theatre wall, unseen for decades.

The design improves the heating system efficiency, adding a contribution from air source heat pumps, and improving the insulation standards for the new build parts.

The project provides a new catering kitchen and new general and production lighting for the front of house.

The studio is predominantly naturally-ventilated with a pre-cooling labyrinth, and the systems all interface with the existing back-of-house and main Theatre installations.

The project started on site in 2016 - the 250th anniversary of the theatre - and was handed over at the end of 2018.

Architect

Haworth Tompkins

Value

£8.5M

Completion

2018

Client

Bristol Old Vic / Gilbert-Ash

Philip Vile Info
The new Foyer exterior alongside the 18th Century Coopers' Hall.
Fred Haworth Info
View from the Gallery Bar across the Foyer towards the historic wall, which is lit by a new rooflight.
Philip Vile Info
A bespoke shutter design - with a laser-cut bronze mesh that features local poetry - is used to limit solar gains in the front of house areas in the summer.
Philip Vile Info
Original theatre wall exposed with fortuitous viewpoints.
Fred Haworth Info
The new Studio Theatre; a naturally ventilated studio theatre utilising a thermal mass labyrinth to temper the air in both winter and summer.
Philip Vile Info
View of the new Foyer with a pre-Theatre crowd.

Image: Philip Vile

Architect

Haworth Tompkins

Value

£8.5M

Completion

2018

Client

Bristol Old Vic / Gilbert-Ash

2019 RIBA South West Building of the Year

2019 RIBA South West Building of the Year

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