Three Projects Honoured at the Civic Trust Awards

Three of our recent projects have been honoured by the Civic Trust Awards, a scheme that celebrates outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment that tangibly contributes to the surrounding community.


HOME Manchester has been awarded the Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design which is named in recognition of architect and 'founding figure of universal design', Selwyn Goldsmith. The jury said of the project - 'This new arts centre is a tribute to good design and patient planning of a new home for the arts in a building that feels welcoming and claearly legible.'


Brighton College Music School has been given a Commendation. The jury said of the school - 'A place of celebration, with views over the home ground to the north, the musical life of the school is visible to the whole school community.'


York Theatre Royal was recognised with a nomination in the Yorkshire and Humberside category.


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Team attends Backstage Conference

This weekend Amanda, James and Nicholas from Charcoalblue attended the inaugural Backstage Professional Development Conference held in the beautiful Barbican Conservatory.


The event offered budding Backstage professionals a series of talks and events on a broad array of topics relating to backstage careers in the theatre. Charcoalblue were on hand to discuss pathways into careers in Theatre Consultancy, Acoustics and Digital design. James and Amanda offered CV surgeries on how to better structure and sell your skills to employers and gave an insight into their own professional journeys.


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Charcoalblue support Tonic Celebrates

Charcoalblue are proud to support the forthcoming Tonic Celebrates event held at the Dorfman Theatre at the National Theatre London on February 23rd.


Tonic Celebrates is a quarterly event that honours inspirational women in theatre. Hosted by Tonic Theatre, an organisation that studies and encourages gender equality in the performing arts, it features key female figures from throughout the industry to discuss their careers and issues faced by women working in the industry.


This month sees dramatist Moira Buffini, designer Vicki Mortimer and the National Theatre's Director of Producing and Planning Sacha Milroy take the stage with Tonic's Director Lucy Kerbel.


Tickets are on sale now via the National Theatre


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Charcoalblue present at the STSG

This weekend Charcoalblue's Partner for Operations Gary Sparkes and Senior Consultant Jenni Harris presented 'Why is Theatre Design imporant?' at the School Theatre Support Group's annual conference held at the Centerary Theatre in Berkhampstead.


The presentation discussed the many challenges facing a school theatre and the many things to consider when approaching a new theatre or refurbishment from seating to lighting and more.


Here are a few glimpses from the discussion:






If you'd like to discuss a school theatre project, get in touch today via the details at the bottom of your screen.

Charcoalblue accredited as a Living Wage Employer

Charcoalblue are proud to announce that it has been accredited as a Living Wage Employer.


The voluntary scheme ensures that all employees aged 18 and over, including certain classes of contracted staff, are paid at least the living wage. The employer also agrees to increase the amount which it pays to emplyees by the same amount as any increase in living wage.


'In just 13 years, our talented team has built Charcoalblue into the world's leading theatre design consultancy. We are thrilled to tell them that we have been accredited as a Living Wage Employer which is in recognition of our team's hard work and a commitment to those who look to join us.'  Katy Winter, Partner: People


Living wage employer accreditation is managed by citizens UK.


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