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Built in 1846 as a steam engine repair shed, this remarkable building later became a warehouse for Gilbey's Gin.  From the 1960s, it was used as an alternative arts venue, hosting performances by Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, and Peter Brook's avant garde theatrical group.  The practice's multiple award-winning transformation of the Grade II* listed structure required a fusion of architectural skill, historical respect, and the visionary determination of private and public funders.  The practice led a multi-disciplinary team which repaired the existing main fabric, re-programmed sections of the building, modernised the auditorium, increased audience capacity, and extended the building's functional range.

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  • Sector

    Culture, Conservation + Heritage

  • Location

    London, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    Norman Trust

  • Size

    6,600 sqm

  • Cost

    Ł30 million

  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Architect
    SKM Anthony Hunt Associates, Structural Engineer Buro Happold, MEP Engineer
    Gardiner & Theobald, Cost Consultant
    Paul Gillieron, Acoustic Engineer
    Theatre Projects, Theatre Consultant
    Anne Minors Performance, Performance and Seating Consultant
    Modus Operandi, Art Consultant
    Tolent Construction, Main Contractor
    David Bonnett Associates, Access Consultant

  • Status

    Completed 2006

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