A wide range of specialists are working with the RSC on the development of the Courtyard Theatre, the temporary 1000 seat theatre which is currently being built on the site of The Other Place in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Ian Ritchie Architects
Based in London the company was established in 1981. The practice, along with its sister engineering practice in Paris, Rice Francis Ritchie, has contributed to many major new works throughout Europe including the Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid, the Leipzig Glass Hall, the Louvre Sculpture Courts and Pyramids and La Villette Cité des Sciences in Paris, the Jubilee Line Extension, International Regatta Centre, Crystal Palace Concert Platform in London, and The Spire in Dublin.
Ian Ritchie Architects has an international reputation for innovation and intelligent environmental and sustainable design. Its work has received more than 40 national and international awards and has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize on three occasions in the last five years.
For the RSC the Project Architect is Rui Dias.
Ian Ritchie is a governor of the RSC, the Royal Academy of Arts’ Professor of Architecture, and Architect to the British Museum.
To find out more about Ian Ritchie Architects visit their website www.ianritchiearchitects.co.uk
Charcoalblue, theatre consultants
A young dynamic design practice which was created in 2004 by four of the country's leading theatre consultants - Andy Hayles, Jon Stevens, Jack Tilbury and Gavin Green. The company provides specialist advice on the architectural and technical planning of spaces intended for the presentation of art, drama, music, opera and dance. The company has extensive and current experience of working in the theatre industry around the world, and combines a wealth of historical and contemporary knowledge with a passion for all forms of theatrical performance.
To find out more about Charcoalblue visit their website www.charcoalblue.co.uk
Amec, main contractor
AMEC is an international project management and services company that designs, delivers and supports infrastructure assets for customers worldwide across the public and private sectors. AMEC employs 44,000 people in more than 40 countries, generating annual revenues of around £5 billion.
To find out more about Amec visit their website www.amec.com
Van Dam, contractor for the outer shell of the theatre
To find out more about Van Dam visit their website www.van-dam.nl
Gardiner and Theobald LLP, quantity surveyor
Founded in 1840, Gardiner & Theobald has become one of the world's leading consultants in the field. With headquarters in London and operating from a network of regional and worldwide offices, Gardiner & Theobald today is an organisation of over 800 staff.
In the last 20 years Gardiner & Theobald have established an enviable track record in the performing arts sector having advised on such highly acclaimed projects as Glyndebourne Opera House (1994), Milton Keynes Theatre (1999), The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden (1999) and the restoration of the London Coliseum (2004).
To find out more about Gardiner and Theobald visit their website www.gardiner.com
WSP Buildings Ltd, engineers
WSP Cantor Seinuk, part of WSP Group plc, was a key member of the project team involved in the design and procurement of the Courtyard Theatre. WSP Group is a global business providing management and consultancy services to the built and natural environment and was retained by the RSC to provide advice in the following areas; civil & structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, planning supervision, traffic and transportation and fire engineering. To find out more about WSP Buildings Ltd visit their website www.wspgroup.com
Drivers Jonas, project management
Drivers Jonas is a leading firm of planning and development advisers, handling a range of culture and heritage redevelopment projects throughout the UK.
Drivers Jonas has been appointed as Strategic Planning Advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company. The role will involve assisting the RSC and its lead architect (Bennetts) with the preparation and submission of all planning applications, Listed Building and Conservation Area Consent applications for the main Royal Shakespeare Theatre project proposals and the wider RSC Estate. To find out more about Drivers Jonas visit their website www.driversjonas.com
King Shaw Associates Ltd, building services
To find out more about King Shaw Associates Limited visit their website www.kingshaw.com.uk
PG Acoustics, acousticians
To find out more about PG Acoustics visit their website www.pgacoustics.org