PLANNING NEWS: NEVILL HOLT SHORTLISTED FOR RIBA STIRLING PRIZE

SANDY FISHPOOL

PLANNING NEWS: NEVILL HOLT SHORTLISTED FOR RIBA STIRLING PRIZE

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We are delighted to share the news that our Nevill Holt theatre project designed by Witherford Watson Mann Architects has received no fewer than four RIBA awards, including the prestigious RIBA National Award 2019 and also now shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.

Details on the RIBA website here.

The new 400 seat theatre has now been welcoming visitors to performances for the last year and has been very well received.

This theatre design is concealed completely within the Grade II* listed Nevill Holt stable courtyard. The stage is positioned at ground level with a large roof light at the centre of the ceiling, brilliantly maintaining the luminous, external atmosphere.

Rural planning experts at Rural Solutions took on the exciting and ambitious project to achieve permission at this infamous and delicate site.

Director of planning, Duncan Hartley who worked on the project says  “We coordinated the input of and engagement of the council, county council and Historic England from pre-application consultation to swift application approval by the council. The scheme is a great example of how all professional and public bodies can work together in unison to secure the objectives of the applicant.

The design scheme had to carefully balance the historic significance of the building with the needs of such a theatre, where acoustics were a significant design driver. Witherford Watson Mann Architects have clearly achieved that goal and more. Congratulations to them.”

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