Six Projects honoured with RIBA Award Nominations

We're thrilled to hear that six of  our recently completed projects have received RIBA Award Nominations. From the National Theatre of Scotland to Brighton College of Music, the six nominees reflect the breadth and ambition of the UK theatre industry and we're very proud to see the hard work of the project teams recognised:


The six nominees are:

Theatre Peckham (RIBA London Nominee)

Brighton College (RIBA South East Nominee)

York Theatre Royal (RIBA Yorkshire Nominee)

Liverpool Philharmonic Hall (RIBA North West Nominee)

Cedars Hall, Wells Cathedral School (RIBA South West & Wessex Nominee)

Rockvilla, National Theatre of Scotland (RIAS/RIBA Scotland Nominee)


See a slideshow of the nominees on our Facebook page here

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Charcoalblue supports UK Theatre's Touring Symposium


This week Charcoalblue were proud to support UK Theatre's Touring Symposium 2017, an important event that brings theatres and producers together to work on issues affecting the industry.


In attendance were many of our past and current clients including HOME Manchester, Tricycle Theatre, Hall for Cornwall and many more. Attendees discussed risk, audience development and diversity.


For more information on the event and resources available, visit UK Theatre. 


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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.


Follow Backstage on Twitter for news on their next event.


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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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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.