Returning of Battersea Arts Centre Organ marks the end of transformation by Haworth Tompkins

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Haworth Tompkins. Lead architects.- Steve Tompkins, Martin Lydon, Imogen Long
HT Design Team
Tomoyo Arimoto, Andreia Guilherme, Harry Grocott, Toby Johnson, Madeleine Kessler, Imogen Long, Martin Lydon, Steve Tompkins, Emma Tubbs.
Structural Engineers.- Price & Myers, Heyne Tillett Steel. Services Engineers.- Skelly & Couch, XCO2. Theatre Consultant.- Theatreplan, Charcoalblue. Acoustic Engineer.- Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design, SoundSpace Design. Quantity Surveyor.- Bristow Johnson. Signage.- Jake Tilson. Light Fittings.- Haworth Tompkins/Rob McIntyre.
Battersea Arts Centre
8Build, Gilbert-Ash
Battersea, London SW11 1RU, United Kingdom
Gross Internal Area.- 2396 m². Grand Hall audience capacity (seated).- 300-600 people depending on arrangement. Grand Hall audience capacity (standing).- 1000 people. Grand Hall dimensions.- 36 m long x 17 m wide x 10 m high. Grand Hall internal floor area.- 570 m²
Project Start date.- March 2015. Completed.- August 2018. Organ return.- August 2019.
Domus Tiles, Yannedis, Hakwood, Modular Clay Products
Construction Cost
£11 million
Fred Howarth, Philip Vile, Alex Brenner, Morley von Sternberg


Haworth Tompkins is a British architectural studio, voted Building Design Architect of the Year and RIBA London Architect of the Year in 2014. Founded in 1991 by Graham Haworth and Steve Tompkins, the studio has an international reputation for theatre design, the Liverpool Everyman Theatre winning the 2014 RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year by a UK architect. Haworth Tompkins was part of the Gold Award UK winning team at the Prague Quadrennial and was chosen to exhibit theatre work at the 2012 Venice Biennale. Performance projects include the Royal Court, the Almeida temporary theatres at Kings Cross and Gainsborough Studios, Snape Maltings, the Young Vic Theatre (shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize in 2007), The Egg at Bath, the Oxford North Wall, NT Future and The Bridge.

Graham Haworth. Director. Graham studied architecture at the University of Nottingham and the University of Cambridge. He worked with John Outram Associates, SOM and Holt Hinshaw Pfau Jones and was a founding member of Bennetts Associates in 1987 before forming Haworth Tompkins Architects with Steve Tompkins in 1991.

With Steve, Graham is involved in the design of all the projects carried out by the firm and was director in charge of Coin Street Iroko Housing Co-op on the south bank, 103 New Bond Street, Newington Green Student Housing, Liverpool One Regeneration, Mummery + Schnelle Gallery and the Hayward Gallery. He is currently working on major projects such as the London Library, the Royal College of Art and Victoria & Albert Museum.

Graham has lectured and been invited as a critic in several of the leading schools of architecture in the United Kingdom and Europe. He has exhibited at the RIBA and at the Royal Academy Summer Show.

Steve Tompkins. Director. Steve studied architecture at the University of Bath and traveled long before joining Arup Associates in London. He was a founding member of Bennetts Associates in 1987 before forming Haworth Tompkins Architects with Graham Haworth in 1991.

With Graham, Steve is involved in the design of all the projects carried out by the firm and was director in charge of The Young Vic Theater, a new music campus for Aldeburgh Music, the Coin Street Center Quarter, National Study Theater and the Wall del Norte Performing Arts Center. He is currently working on major projects such as the National Theater, the Everyman and Playhouse theaters in Liverpool, the conversion of Battersea Arts Center and the Bush Theater, Chichester Festival Theater as well as a new social housing project in Pimlico for the Peabody Trust.

Steve has taught and lectured at several architectural schools in the United Kingdom and is currently Visiting Professor of Architecture at the University of Greenwich, as well as guest critic at Cambridge and external examiner at Dundee. He has exhibited architectural work in the RIBA and RA, and landscape paintings in several galleries in the United Kingdom.

Toby Johnson. Managing Director. Director general. Toby studied architecture at the University of Cambridge. He worked with MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, where he was Managing Director for three years before joining Haworth Tompkins in 2005.

Prior to joining Haworth Tompkins, Toby coordinated projects such as the Phoenix Initiative for Coventry City Council, a major seven-year regeneration program that was nominated for the 2004 Stirling Award, the Dana Center, for the Science Museum, File Ruskin at the University of Lancaster and student facilities of the London School of Economics and Trinity College, Cambridge. Since joining Haworth Tompkins, Toby has played an important role in the Young Vic Theater Project, the National Theater Studio, the Coin Street Neighborhood Center and the Liverpool One Regeneration Project.

Toby is also responsible for the day-to-day management of the office and the supervision of project execution and contract administration. He has been involved with several professional organizations including being part of the design review panel of the London district of Southwark, and participating with the RIBA.

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