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1336 - Battersea Arts Centre


HTS, in collaboration with Haworth Tompkins and Battersea Arts Centre, have completed the reconstruction and refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre, following a severe fire on 13th March 2015. Internally, the elements of the Grand Hall that have survived the fire have been retained and refurbished or stabilised; a new timber lattice ceiling, demountable side galleries and a technical gallery at high level have been created to replace lost elements.

HTS have been involved in the refurbishment works in a separate part of the building since 2012. After the fire we quickly developed a temporary steel restraint structure to stabilise the main gable walls of the Grand Hall, working closely with a contractor specialising in dangerous sites.

The design of the new roof truss structures have been developed to accommodate a much larger arrangement of theatre tech equipment and access.

The central section of the building has been remodelled, retaining the facades whilst demolishing various areas to return the central courtyard to its original layout. A new lift core has been introduced and a portion of the ground floor lowered to rationalise the routes through the building. An additional floor has been created to accommodate Battersea Arts Centre staff offices.

This also encompasses the existing roof spaces which required modification to the existing timber roof trusses. Numerous other structural modifications and additions have been made throughout the building. Various sequencing and buildability studies were carried out before work started on site, which allowed the building to remain open to the public throughout construction.

Client: Battersea Arts CentreArchitect: Haworth Tompkins

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