cinema - historic renovation

Phoenix Cinema, East Finchley

Opened in 1910, the Phoenix is considered the oldest purpose-built cinema in continuous use in the UK. We prepared a proposal for extensive improvements and the addition of extra screens and education facilities; a preparatory phase was awarded ACE Lottery funding and was completed May 2002; this has provided a larger, remodelled foyer with level floors, a lift, a redesigned box office with kiosk/bar and accessible toilets.
Client: Phoenix Cinema Trust Ltd
Completed: 2002

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arts centre

Community Arts Centre and Cinema, Chichester

The brief for this project required the remodelling of a Victorian community arts centre and the provision of a new two-screen cinema. Both facilities had to be able to operate independently of each other, achieved by a common partially open / glazed concourse linking the two elements. The cinema will have a landscaped roof that can be used for social and film festival events. The design incorporates sustainability features to reduce long term energy consumption. The project is awaiting funding before deciding to proceed.
Client : Chichester District Council
Anticipated construction cost: £2.8m

theatre review and urban space planning

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

The London Borough of Bromley required a review of the Churchill Theatre with the intention of broadening the audience base and reducing revenue support. We lead a team including arts consultants which considered programming, revenue generation, access, building maintenance and the development of space around the theatre. The selected option included the addition of a new cinema complex and a covered space with shops, forming an arts 'quarter' linking with the park beyond.
Client: London Borough of Bromley
Projected construction cost: £9m

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visual arts centre competition

Baltic, visual arts centre, Gateshead

Prize winning design in an international competition for converting an industrial building to a major new arts centre. Our proposals included 4 major galleries, a cinema, rooftop restaurant, artist studios and a library. External spaces and new landscaping strongly connect the building with local paths and a riverside walk.
Competition promoter: Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council
Projected cost: £40m.

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arts centre design

The Studio, arts and media centre, Beckenham

Design proposals for the Studio arts and media centre were developed following a range of strategic options being explored. A new extension would contain a media-theatre (cinema) at first floor level, with a new main entrance and cafe/bar below facing onto a new terrace and landscaping. The extension would allow the existing building, which is 'locally listed', to be extensively remodelled and renovated, creating more open flexible spaces which could be used to increase income. The project is under review in light of changes to Lottery capital funding.
Client: London Borough of Bromley
Anticipated construction budget: £ 2.25m.

cinema bar and offices

Ritzy Cinema, Brixton, London

The fit-out of a cafe/bar within the Ritzy Cinema, Brixton focused on a rich palette of materials and colours; metals include zinc, blackened steel and silver leaf. For economy and to work with a filmic theme, the additions to the space are designed as stage flats, creating sets which are contrasted with exposed services and ducts. We also fitted out the offices of the cinema.
Client: Oasis Cinemas

installation consultancy

Imperial War Museum, London

Consultancy advice to the Imperial War Museum on an art installation to house and raise racing pigeons, in a loft built in the Museum which could be entered by the public. Birds were to be raised in the Museum and allowed to fly home from a site in Germany.
Client: Imperial War Museum