Liverpool's Royal Court Theatre

Liverpool. 2018

  • Project Details
  • Completion: 2018
  • Clients: Royal Court Trust

Liverpool’s Royal Court, won in open competition, is an exercise in restrained, phased reinvention. The first ‘act’ of the development revitalised the interiors of the theatre, breathing new life into the Grade II listed art deco building. The cabaret-style stall seating and the bar were remodelled, the foyer and auditorium redecorated and new circle seating, a balcony and new toilets were inserted. Act two added a weathered steel and glass-fronted multi-use Welcome Centre that wraps around the building connecting it to its lively surroundings. Front of house and offices were remodelled to create a new circle bar and toilets on the first floor. The recently completed third act has continued the improvement works to the front of house areas, creating a larger open bar at the third floor. Improvements have been made to the back of house, facilities and technical equipment. The basement studio space has also been transformed. The existing columns have been removed, opening up the space to create a brand new 150 seat studio space for comedy and music events, theatre productions, and rehearsal space for the Youth Theatre and Community Choir.

Awards

AJ Cultural Project of the Year 2018 RIBA National Award 2018 RIBA North West Region Conservation Award 2018 RIBA North West Regional Award 2018 AJ Retrofit - Cultural buildings: Cinemas and theatres 2016 AJ Retrofit - Overall Winner 2016 BCI Award - Building Project of the Year 2016

AJ Architecture Awards

05/12/2018

AJ Architecture Awards

AHMM has won two awards at this year’s AJ Architecture Awards, announced last night (4 December) at the Roundhouse in London. Naming the third phase of Liverpool’s Royal Court as Cultural Project of the Year, judges commented that it ‘keeps faith with the spirit of the Royal Court and shows understanding of how the theatre is used and its place in the community. As an enticing and socially accessible venue, it attracts those who might not necessarily consider themselves ‘theatregoers’, cementing a vital connection with the locality.’ Meanwhile, they awarded Mixed Use Project of the Year to Television Centre, praising it as ‘a truly mixed-use scheme done really well... a mega-structure with an amazing array of uses. They have turned it into a place which really feels like a piece of city.’ Find out more about this year’s award winners here.

 



 

AJ Architecture Awards shortlist

09/10/2018

AJ Architecture Awards shortlist

Four AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s AJ Architecture Awards. Liverpool’s Royal Court has been shortlisted for Cultural Project of the Year, Weston Street for Housing Project of the Year (up to £10m) and White Collar Factory and Television Centre for Mixed Use Project of the Year. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the Roundhouse in London on 4 December.

 



 

17/05/2018

RIBA Regional Awards announced

Weston Street, White Collar Factory, Upper Richmond Road and Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre have all won 2018 RIBA Regional Awards, announced this week in London and Liverpool.

Judges described Upper Richmond Road as ‘a fine example of how to create a place that responds to its city context, brings life to the street, offers commercial activity where suitable and creates a place to live at density that is delightful,’ and White Collar Factory as ‘an exemplary development full of quality materials, finishes, details and playfulness; alongside public and community spirited generosity, innovation and experimentation’. Weston Street, meanwhile, was praised for its ‘exquisitely crafted modern homes’ and ‘tactile choice of materials coupled with beautiful interior detailing.’ Choosing Liverpool’s Royal Court as one of its regional winners, RIBA North West judges noted AHMM’s ‘sustained and intelligent commitment to the project’; and in recognition of the ‘astute conservation, in keeping with the spirit of the building... achieved on a low budget’ they also gave the project the region’s Conservation Award.

A Regional Award recognises a building’s regional importance as a piece of architecture, and winners are considered for RIBA National Awards, announced in June. Find out more about this year’s regional winners here.

 



 

04/04/2018

RIBA Awards regional shortlist

Five AHMM projects have been shortlisted for this year’s RIBA Regional Awards. Weston Street, Upper Richmond Road, Hawley School and White Collar Factory are among the 93 buildings shortlisted within the London region, while Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre has been shortlisted in the RIBA North West region. Shortlisted projects will be visited over the next month, and winning projects will be announced in May. A RIBA Regional Award is given to a UK building for its regional importance as a piece of architecture; winners are considered for RIBA National Awards, announced later in the year. Find out more about the RIBA Awards and see past winners here.
 



 

11/04/2017

Nine AHMM projects shortlisted for RIBA regional awards

A total of nine projects by AHMM have been shortlisted for this year’s awards in the RIBA’s London, East, North West and South regions. In London, The Library at Willesden Green, Grand Union Studios/The Ladbroke Grove, New Scotland Yard, 1 King William Street, Upper Richmond Road and Google 6 Pancras Square have been visited by regional judges; Liverpool’s Royal Court was shortlisted in the North West region; Alconbury Weald Club in RIBA East; and Barns Place in RIBA South. Regional winners will be announced at ceremonies in May.

 



 

Funding secured for Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre Act III

27/01/2017

Funding secured for Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre Act III

Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre has secured funding from the Arts Council England Large Capital Grants programme for the third ‘Act’ of AHMM’s award-winning interventions at the Grade II listed theatre. Act III continues improvement works to the front of house areas, creating a larger open bar at the third floor; back of house will also see improvements to facilities and technical equipment. The project will also see the renovation of the basement studio space, formerly the home of the Rawhide Comedy Club, creating a brand new 150 seat studio space for comedy and music events, theatre productions, and rehearsal space for the Youth Theatre and Community Choir. Act III is scheduled to start in May, when the theatre will close its doors until completion later this year.
 



 

14/12/2016

Civic Trust Awards 2017

Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre and 10 New Burlington Street / 1 New Burlington Place have both been announced as recipients of Civic Trust National Awards. The Civic Trust scheme was established in 1959 to recognise outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment – winners also exhibit strong sustainability credentials, a high level of inclusive design, and demonstrate a positive civic contribution. The Library at Willesden Green was also a Civic Trust Regional Finalist. The awards will be presented in March 2017.
 



 

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

18/11/2016

AHMM at the World Architecture Festival

No 1 Oxford Street (Future Commercial Mixed Use) and Weston Street (Future Residential) have both been highly commended at the World Architecture Festival Awards this week. The Library at Willesden Green, 119 Farringdon Road, Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre, 61 Oxford Street, and AEP Fitness Center were also shortlisted. Simon Allford has once again been a judge at the Festival, held this year in Berlin. Find out more about the shortlisted and winning projects here.
 



 

Liverpool’s Royal Court wins BCI Building Project of the Year

13/10/2016

Liverpool’s Royal Court wins BCI Building Project of the Year

Liverpool’s Royal Court Theatre was awarded the British Construction Industry Award for Building Project of the Year (up to £10m) at a ceremony in London last night. The award recognises Acts l and ll of an ongoing five-phase redevelopment of the Grade II listed theatre in the centre of Liverpool. Act I focused on the refurbishment of the original 1186 seat auditorium and remodelling of facilities, with Act ll adding the new box office and a weathered steel and glass-fronted extension that wraps around the building. This award follows the project’s success at the Architects’ Journal Retrofit Awards last month, where it was awarded overall Retrofit of the Year.



 

Royal Court Liverpool wins Retrofit of the Year

15/09/2016

Royal Court Liverpool wins Retrofit of the Year

Royal Court Liverpool has been named overall Retrofit of the Year by the Architects' Journal, having won the category award for Culture - Theatres and Cinemas at a ceremony held in London last night (14 September). The AJ praised 'the restrained, careful and thoughtful reinvention and subsequent phased interventions at the building', commenting that 'AHMM’s retrofit has given the theatre a future'. Find out more about the project and the special place the Royal Court has in the city and culture of Liverpool.

AHMM won Retrofit of the Year two years ago with its transformation of the University of Amsterdam's Roeterseiland campus.
 



 

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

07/07/2016

World Architecture Festival Awards 2016

Seven AHMM projects have been shortlisted for the 2016 World Architecture Festival Awards, four completed projects – The Library at Willesden Green, Royal Court Liverpool, 61 Oxford Street , and AELP Fitness Center; and three unbuilt/future projects – 119 Farringdon Road, Number One Oxford Street, and Weston Street. The winners will be chosen over the three-day World Architecture Festival in November, held this year in Berlin. The full shortlist and more information about WAF can be found here.
 



 

Royal Court Theatre Liverpool

12/02/2016

Royal Court Theatre Liverpool

Paul Monaghan joined Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Gillian Miller, Chief Executive of the Royal Court Theatre Trust to cut the ribbon at the official opening of the Royal Court Theatre Liverpool last night. The event marks the completion of the Royal Court Act II: the extension of the entrance foyer with a new kiosk and box office, the addition of an external terrace and the refurbishment of the front of house areas.
 



 

13/01/2016

Royal Court Act 3

The Royal Court Liverpool is among 16 organisations invited to apply for the second stage of Arts Council England Large Capital Grants programme. The next step of the application is to submit detailed design and development plans for the new 150-seat studio space in the existing basement, and the addition of a larger more open bar on the third and fourth floors; if successful the theatre could receive up to £2m of Arts Council funding to take the project forward to its third ‘act’.



 

Royal Court Theatre Act II

25/11/2014

Royal Court Theatre Act II

The second phase (‘Act II’) of the reinvention of Royal Court Liverpool is due to begin in December. The new interventions – including an extended entrance foyer containing a new kiosk and box office, an external terrace and the internal refurbishment of the front of house areas incorporating the original art deco staircase – will complement the auditorium restoration works carried out for ‘Act I’, completed in 2012. The theatre will continue to remain open during construction.
 



 

Green Light for Phase Two of Royal Court Theatre Liverpool

28/03/2014

Green Light for Phase Two of Royal Court Theatre Liverpool

Phase Two of Royal Court Liverpool is set to begin now that Liverpool City Council has endorsed the plans to extend the Grade II listed building with a capital contribution. Referred to as ‘The Welcome Project’, this latest phase – due for completion in June 2015 – includes a new foyer extension to the theatre, a brand new box office, improved access by way of a lift to all floors of the building and a first floor terrace.
 



 

The Royal Court Theatre Opens After Phase 1 of Refurbishment

20/06/2012

The Royal Court Theatre Opens After Phase 1 of Refurbishment

The first phase of the refurbishment of the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool has been completed and the theatre will reopen its doors to the public next week.


Stalls have been remodelled, seats have been replaced, a new bar has been installed on the ground floor, as well as new toilet facilities. Future phases will include a new extended foyer, access to the upper floors and a rooftop bar and restaurant.


Royal Court Liverpool Trust chief executive Gillian Miller said:


“The colour scheme before was a real mish-mash but this new one is simple and classical and draws attention to the stage. Downstairs is our own design of what we had before but making it better in terms of sightlines and the seats in the circle and balcony are much more comfortable. We were going to simply refurbish the balcony seats but all the mechanisms had gone so we replaced them.”


Read more on the Liverpool Daily Post Website.



 

Royal Court Theatre Receives Planning

20/09/2011

Royal Court Theatre Receives Planning

The Royal Court Theatre received planning on Monday 12th September, submitted after receiving funding from the Heritage Lottery fund.


Director Paul Monaghan presented the renovations at the Royal Court Liverpool Trust fundraising dinner, hosted by Sir Terry Leahy, the former Tesco Chief Executive. The Royal Court Trust awaits a decision on more funding to be announced in December in order to start the renovations. For more information about the fundraising dinner see the article in the Liverpool Daily Post.


In the meantime, CGIs by Our Studio and details of the Royal Court Theatre will be displayed in the Made in Liverpool Exhibition from 6th October, in an exhibition exploring the future of Liverpool’s built environment.

 

In the photo is Director Paul Monaghan, Gillian Miller, Chief Executive of the Royal Court Liverpool Trust, and Sir Terry Leahy


 

Royal Court Theatre Plans in Liverpool

13/05/2011

Royal Court Theatre Plans in Liverpool

Plans for the Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool have been on public display to show how they have developed since AHMM won the competition in 2009.


Gillian Miller, Chief Executive and Founder of the Royal Court Trust, said: "AHMM's scheme has really developed since we were awarded the Heritage Lottery first round pass in September 2010. This gave us the funds to develop the scheme to RIBA Stage D. The building has been crawling with structural engineers, M&E consultants, access consultants and cost consultants since the beginning of the year. Design team meetings have taken place every two weeks and we are all really excited about the final plans for the theatre. Of course the hard bit comes now and we need to raise the funds. Having such a brilliant scheme gives us all the confidence that we can succeed."

Read the full article on the Place North West website.


Paul Monaghan will be discussing the plans in Liverpool on 26th May at the Racquet Club for a Places Matter! Last Thursday Lunchtime Talk. Visit their website for more information.



 

Plans for the Royal Court Theatre

16/11/2010

Plans for the Royal Court Theatre

The Royal Court Theatre in Liverpool has revealed plans to renovate and refurbish the Grade II listed building. AHMM Director, Paul Monaghan updated guests including Cherie Booth, Tony Booth and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool on the renovation which will be submitted for planning permission next year. The Heritage Lottery Fund gave the go ahead for the plans in September and this has enabled the £10.6m fundraising to continue.


Read more about the renovations in the Liverpool Echo here


In the photo is Gillian Miller, Chief Executive, Royal Court Liverpool Trust, Paul Monaghan, Cherie Booth QC, Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Hazel Williams, Jonathan Falkingham, Urban Splash & RCLT Trustee, Councillor Wendy Simon, Liverpool City Council, Her Honour Elizabeth Steel DL, Chair, RCLT



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