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Charcoalblue Projects in the 2023 RIBA London Awards Shortlist


We’re delighted to share that several Charcoalblue projects are on the 2023 RIBA London Awards Shortlist.

The RIBA Awards champion and celebrate the best architecture in the UK. Successful projects reflect changes and innovations in architecture, but at their core, they display a commitment to designing and developing buildings and spaces to improve and enhance people’s lives. The winning projects will be announced later this spring.

ArtsEd, De Matos Ryan. Image by Hufton & Crow

ArtsEd - De Matos Ryan

Arts Educational Schools is one of the UK’s most acclaimed performance training centres. The pioneering school has embarked on an ambitious plan to bring all its operations onto its main site in South West London. Charcoalblue’s Acoustics team worked on the project which was completed in 2022.

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BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, Benedetti Architects.

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly - Benedetti Architects

The iconic 195 Piccadilly has been the home of the British Academy of Film and

Television Arts for the last forty years. The building is a central hub for all the academy’s activities including specialist screenings, judging panels, members club, gallery and external events. As a key part of the design team, led by Benedetti Architects, Charcoalblue were responsible for a complete reimagining and specification of the audiovisual and screening systems.

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Brixton House, Foster Wilson Size. Image by Hufton & Crow

Brixton House - Foster Wilson Size

Brixton House is the new building for Ovalhouse Theatre, providing a vibrant new home for this pioneering theatre and bringing a new public arts venue to Brixton, which has long been without a theatre. Brixton House features two flexible theatres, seating 200 and 120 people, and seven rehearsal studios.

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Polka Theatre, Foster Wilson Size. Image by Hufton & Crow

Polka Theatre - Foster Wilson Size

London’s Polka Theatre caters to 0-13-year-old children as an Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. Charcoalblue provided full technical consultancy expertise for stagelighting, audiovisual and stage engineering systems throughout the refurbishment.

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The Kit Kat Club at The Playhouse Theatre, Carmody Groarke. Image by Philip Vile.

The Kit Kat Club at The Playhouse Theatre - Carmody Groarke

The Grade II-listed Playhouse Theatre in London’s West End has been sensitively remodelled and transformed into an intimate performance space for a new production of ‘Cabaret’. Providing theatre and acoustics expertise, Charcoalblue applied a unique intervention that converted a classical proscenium arch theatre into an immersive in-the-round arrangement reminiscent of Weimar-era cabaret society.

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Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Haworth Tompkins. Image by Philip Vile.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane - Haworth Tompkins

Theatre Royal Drury Lane, part of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber’s portfolio, has been restored and updated in a £60m refurbishment. The site is well into its fourth century of performance history, while the current building dates from 1812. Charcoalblue were brought into the project as the lead Theatre and Acoustic Consultants.

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UCL Pearl, Penoyre & Prasad. Image by Philip Vile.

UCL PEARL - Penoyre & Prasad

UCL PEARL (Person Environment Activity Research Laboratory) is a state-of-the-art, world-leading research facility dedicated to exploring the ways in which people interact with the environment around them. Charcoalblue designed a vast technical infrastructure to support all the potential requirements of such a highly innovative and flexible facility.

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