The proposals for the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith proposed the largest cultural capital development to take place in West London for many years. Now, the completed project has transformed the building into a new kind of cultural and educational complex that is the first of its kind in the UK.
Modelled as the first 'teaching theatre' for the performing arts, the new facilities provide a unique learning environment for young people. At the heart of the Lyric artists and teachers collaborate to inspire young people to become the artists, art managers and audiences of the future.
The new facilities were built on a site directly adjacent and linked to the Lyric's existing building, and include theatre, dance, TV and recording studios, a new scenic workshop, a cinema, meeting rooms and more space for young people, audiences and theatre makers to create amazing theatre, hang out and learn. Sustainability was an important part of the project with renewable energy sources and natural materials being used to create and maintain the building.
Up to 200 young people can use the facilities each day to participate in formal training and/or positive activities, and up to 20,000 young people each year many of whom will achieve formal qualifications. All the activities are openly available to all local young people with a strong emphasis placed on engaging young people with complex needs working in partnership with relevant agencies such as youth offending teams, social services and the Connexions service.
Charcoalblue has provided detailed design of all of the technical theatre systems for the project, and oversaw the installation of these systems on site during the building works.