Charcoalblue selected for London's Centre for Music concept design team

Charcoalblue is thrilled to be selected for the concept design team for Centre for Music, an exciting new vision for a world-class concert hall for London.


The ambition to develop a contemporary, innovative home for music in the capital has reached a new milestone with the announcement of a design team featuring Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Nagata Acoustics and theatre consultants Charcoalblue. Together the team will develop the initial concept for the design.


‘This is an incredible moment for us, to be working in our home city with the extraordinary talents of Sir Simon Rattle, the LSO, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Barbican. We recognise this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a truly world-class destination for music,’ says Charcoalblue Senior Partner Gavin Green. ‘One that is open to everyone, promotes the cultural richness of London and celebrates the shared experience of live music.’


For more on the project click here 


Museum of London


Watch our new film on the opening of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater

To mark the official opening of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, we sat down with CST’s Executive Director Criss Henderson, Artistic Director Barbara Gaines as well as key members of the Charcoalblue team to discuss the project.


The Chicago Tribune has called this radical space ‘the greatest new theater in the world’! At its heart, this new venue explores the relationship between the audience, artists and the production, and sets a new standard in flexible theatre design. It utilises nine four-story-tall moveable seating towers which enable the room to be tailored to the production in over twelve different stage formats, seating between 150 and 850.


Watch the film below and read more about the project here



Major multi-disciplinary art show at 180 The Strand

Our London studio's new home at 180 The Strand is one of central London's most exciting collaborative work spaces. The ground floor of the building hosts The Store, a multi-disciplinary art and cultural space.


The Store have announced that they will stage a new collaboration between the renowned Lisson Gallery and 'the world's foremost vinyl enterprise', The Vinyl Factory from October to December. The art show, Everything At Once, will feature historical, recent and ambitious new commissions by artists including Anish Kapoor, Ryan Gander, Rodney Graham and Susan Hiller. The show will mark the opening of Frieze Week in London.


Read more about the show here


HILS130003 1 1024x684



Join a PLASA Members tour of Hull New Theatre

To mark the opening of the renovated Hull New Theatre, the Professional Lighting and Sound Association (PLASA) will lead an exclusive backstage tour for its members.


Coinciding with the city’s celebrations as UK City of Culture 2017, the theatre reopened in September following a £16m refurbishment. Major improvements made include an increase of the overall stage size and the audience capacity by 200 seats and improvements to the lighting, audio and environmental systems of the building. The backstage tour on Friday 10th November will include an introduction by Charcoalblue’s Mark Lovell, one of the key members of the team working on the development.


‘This is a wonderful way to get inside one of this year’s most exciting cultural renovation projects,’ said Lovell. ‘What the team have done has reinvented this venue for a new generation of theatre goers and is sure to be a highlight of the year’s festivities.’


Read more about the project here and buy your tickets for the event here 


Sewell Image for web and cut sheet use only with credit 3


Our London Studio has Moved!

As of 24th July 2017, Charcoalblue's new London home is 180 The Strand.


Having outgrown our studio in Southwark due to unprecedented growth, we're moving into a new creative hub neighbouring Somerset House and King's College London.


'We're very excited to start this new chapter in Charcoalblue's story. With more space, better facilities and the West End just a short stroll away, this move will strengthen and centralise our team whilst making us more accessible to our clients and partners,' says Katy Winter, Senior Partner.


Watch a film on our next chapter here:



Our full address is:

180 The Strand

2 Arundel Street




Our studio number will remain the same - +44 (0) 20 7928 0000


View the studio on Google Maps here.