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Charcoalblue 2023 RIBA Award Winners


The 2023 RIBA Regional Award winners have been announced, and we’re delighted to share that several Charcoalblue projects were awarded across the regional categories!

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 are committed to designing and developing buildings and spaces to improve and enhance people’s lives.

Acknowledging both the shortlisted and winning projects, we’re thrilled to see our colleagues’ and collaborators' hard work and efforts recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

RIBA London Award 2023

BAFTA 195 Piccadilly

British Academy of Film and Television Arts, 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.

Brixton House

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. Charcoalblue were appointed theatre consultants to design full technical systems including audiovisual, stagelighting and stage engineering.

Theatre Royal Drury Lane

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, with the current building dating from 1812. Charcoalblue were brought into the project as the lead Theatre and Acoustic Consultants.



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.

The Kit Kat Club at The Playhouse Theatre

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 design, Charcoalblue applied a unique intervention that converted a traditional proscenium arch theatre into an immersive in-the-round arrangement and interior that is reminiscent of Weimar-era cabaret society.

The David Brownlow Theatre at Horris Hill School

RIBA South Award 2023

The David Brownlow Theatre at Horris Hill School

Jonathan Tuckey Design

2018 marked 130 years of Horris Hill School, and this milestone was honoured with the construction of a new performing arts centre. Using a high level of sustainable materials for the build, such as exposed timber for the structure, the David Brownlow Theatre uses well-contoured and comfortable bench seating to accommodate both closely spaced students for short assemblies or comfortable for adults during regular performances. Charcoalblue provided a full consultancy including theatre design, acoustic design, and technical systems.

Faculty of Arts, University of Warwick

RIBA West Midlands Award 2023

The Faculty of Arts Building, University of Warwick

The Faculty of Arts Building at the University of Warwick Housing was opened in late 2021 and is the home of the creative art programme. It is situated next to the Warwick Arts Centre and opposite the University's large lecture theatre, the Oculus, on the main University road. Charcoalblue were appointed directly to the University to provide Theatre Design Consultancy. Working with Architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and structural engineers Buro Happold, we designed the client fit-out technical infrastructure for the two performance studios, two rehearsal studios, the main screening cinema, three screening rooms plus a range of mixed teaching and study spaces, lecture facilities, a café and exhibition space.

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