Everyman Theatre, Liverpool

Construction of a new iconic theatre in a sensitive conservation area in Liverpool

Client Liverpool & Merseyside Theatre Trust
Architect Haworth Thompkins Ltd
Employers Agent GVA Acuity
Surveyor Gardiner & Theobold
Mechanical & Electrical Waternan Building Services
Value £28M


BREEAM ''Excellent'' iconic 400 seat theatre including state of the art auditorium, audience gallery and over-stage technical bridges to allow for vastly increased seating, staging and rigging flexibility. Gilbert-Ash is the main contractor on this building.

In addition to the ‘front of house’ auditorium, foyer and bistro spaces, the new building includes a ‘Theatre and Community’ studio, writer’s study, meeting and function rooms. New back of house and support facilities will include a scenic workshop, rehearsal room with recording suite,
dressing rooms, administration areas and adequate storage space.

Project features & challenges

~The proposed development seeks to create an iconic new building for the city within a sensitive conservation area whilst retaining the quirky, counter-cultural ethos for which it is widely known and loved.
~This is a delicate balance to strike and as such the design process has been informed by wide ranging consultation with the local community, current theatregoers, writers, actors, heritage groups, as well as other cultural institutions within the city.
~Following the discovery of archaeological remains the foundations were redesigned. This allowed the remains to be investigated properly whilst the construction programme could commence without delay to the overall programme.
~Liverpool owns the Everyman and the challenge during construction is to ensure that the character of the much loved theatre is recreated. What felt like a dark foreboding structure now needs to be open, full of light and peopled, yet take its place respectfully in an elegant Georgian Street bound by two cathedrals.