BOV Anniversary Works
The Grade I listed Bristol Old Vic Theatre is Britain’s oldest continuously working theatre, including the 500-seat Theatre Royal.
Following the completion the Theatre Royal refurbishment in 2011, the Anniversary Works project focuses on the foyers and Studio Theatre to complete the building’s upgrade. The Studio is being relocated to the basement level of Coopers Hall, allowing views to the public outside the building on King St. The architectural design of the Studio Theatre exposes portions historic building fabric, balancing this aesthetic ambition with the practical need for sound separation.
Outside the Studio, the foyer and circulation spaces have been re-imagined to provide an open, exciting and engaging triple-height space that allows free circulation and access. The foyer space will host a range of activities from cafe, box office and bar, to informal performances and activities, whilst acting as a communal area to access all spaces and venues within the building via enhanced stair cores and lifts. The design includes the strategic placement of sound-absorptive finishes and zones of low ceiling heights to create a lively, yet controlled, environment that is suited to many different types of users and activities.
The Studio Theatre will be a naturally ventilated space, including requisite acoustic attenuation from the exterior. The development, including the a strategy for dealing with environmental noise to nearby residences, received planning permission in February 2014. Construction began in early 2015 and the works are due to be completed by the end of 2016.