The Bridge, London’s first new commercial theatre of scale to be built for 80 years, occupies an extraordinary site between City Hall and Tower Bridge, with its lobby looking out over the river to the Tower of London. Completed in just over 2 years from inception, using leading edge prefabrication techniques, the 935-seat flexible auditorium is a collaboration between architects Haworth Tompkins, specialist engineering manufacturer TAIT and the client, London Theatre Company.
The design aims to provide maximum adaptability of format without losing the intimacy and density associated with the best historic theatre spaces.
"London's first commercial theatre of scale for 80 years, accomplished by a collaboration of experts and innovators who inventively resolved obstacles to produce a successful, intimate venue." - RIBA
In the role of Project Director, Plann managed the design and construction on behalf of the client as well as offering Project Management and Theatre Consultancy services. The project posed considerable challenges due to the tight existing concrete shell & core demise, the need to liaise closely with the landlord Berkeley Homes, the strict acoustic requirements and the innovative nature of the auditorium design and construction methods. The design and construction programme was also relatively short, requiring very close collaboration between the design team, main contractor Rise Contracts, TAIT and London Theatre Company.
London Theatre Company
Project Director, Jack Tilbury
Project Manager, Jeremy Bragg
Technical Designer, Jason Barnes
Project Coordinator, Julia Daly
Skelly & Couch
Gillieron Scott Acoustics
seating capacity, 935
Theatre Building of the Year 2018
RIBA London Award 2018
RICS Design Through Innovation Award 2018