A wide range of specialists make up the Design Team for the transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the surrounding site. Together they provide the specialist knowledge on all aspects of the theatre including the design, planning and construction of the site.
Bennetts Associates, architects
Bennetts Associates are recognised as one of the UK’s leading firms of architects. Rab and Denise Bennetts formed Bennetts Associates in 1987. Initial projects included the Institute of Contemporary Arts, but the firm quickly established a track record of larger-scale projects, including a number of projects in the cultural sector. They are the architects of the Hampstead Theatre in London, Wessex Water’s Operations Centre in Bath, and the Loch Lomond Gateway and Orientation Centre. Their most recent completed project is the Central Library in Brighton.
To find out more about Bennetts Associates visit their website http://www.bennettsassociates.com/
Buro Happold, engineers and transport consultants
Buro Happold is a leading consulting engineering practice, providing elegant, bold and sustainable engineering design solutions for buildings, infrastructure and the environment across all major sectors. Nick Nelson and Stephen Jolly are working for the RSC as part of the Design Team for the theatres' transformation.
The distinctive Buro Happold culture and ethos is based on the principles of care, value and elegance established when the practice was founded in 1976.
With over 1,000 staff in 13 offices around the world, Buro Happold offers a multi-disciplinary approach to complex problem solving. Buro Happold is renowned for its work on landmark projects, such as the Millennium Dome and the roof of the British Museum, and will be delivering the new Emirates Stadium for Arsenal FC and the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse, among many others, in 2006.
Buro Happold's engineering expertise draws upon multiple disciplines to create design solutions that are breath-taking in scope; from road schemes, bridges, harbours, schools, sports stadia and offices, to hotels, hospitals and tall buildings.
Charcoalblue, theatre consultants
A young, dynamic, design practice created in 2004 by four of the country's leading theatre consultants - Andy Hayles, Jon Stevens, Jack Tilbury and Gavin Green. Charcoalblue 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.
Acoustic Dimensions, acoustic engineer
Acoustic Dimensions provides comprehensive acoustics consulting services, with Nick Edwards working on the RSC on the transformation theatres site. Staff in New York, Dallas, and the UK have backgrounds in architecture, live performance, recording and sound engineering, acoustics research, audio, lighting, video, mechanical engineering and commercial construction.
To find out more about Acoustic Dimensions visit their website http://www.acousticdimensions.co.uk/
AOC Archaeology - Archaeologist
AOC Archaeology Group is an experienced, independent company providing professional archaeological and built heritage services. Since 1991, they have provided advice and support for commercial developers and their agents, public sector agencies, charitable organisations and private individuals.
To find out more about AOC Archaeology visit their website http://www.aocarchaeology.com/