THEATRE ROYAL PROP STORE
Client: Really Useful Group
Location: Theatre Royal, London, UK
Completion: July 2014
The old rehearsal space in the Theatre Royal was no longer relevant to the functioning of the theatre and had therefore been used as a storage and maintenance room for many years. Following a detailed space audit and the wish to consolidate the Really Useful Group administration within the theatres themselves, it was proposed to convert the redundant room and ancilliary spaces into much needed office space. There were other office areas adjacent to the space already occupied by the Really Useful Group and the conversion of this space has further consolidated and improved the administrative operation of the group.
The designs reveal and preserve the airy nature of the historic space (grade I listed). The conversion involves the construction of a new open mezzanine floor providing cellular office space suspended in the double height volume, whilst retaining an open plan usage on the ground floor. A theatrical ‘loft’ style aesthetic has been given to the space with exposed latticed beams incorporating exposed services – like sub-stage bridges – and exposed brickwork walls.
A large void in the new floor deck allows natural light from the existing skylight to penetrate throughout the volume. The new mezzanine is accessed via an open steel feature stair.