• 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1995
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1988
  • 1987
  • 1986
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1982
  • 1979
  • 1977
  • 1972
  • 1971
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1960
  • 1956
  • Spring at Stonebridge Park
  • RHS Hyde Hall Restaurant
  • National Automotive Innovation Centre
  • RHS Garden Bridgewater
  • Artist's House, Brixton
  • Couch Perry Wilkes London Office
  • Bristol Harbourside Building 3a
  • IVIC: BIMSpace
  • Queen Mary University of London
  • Holy Cross Primary School
  • Cherry Tree Children's Centre
  • Bristol Harbourside Building 4
  • VLRNIC
  • Emerald Circus
  • Bunhill 2 Energy Centre
  • Pontifex Wharf
  • Hide House
  • RHS Hyde Hall Learning Centre
  • House in Hampstead
  • Maitland Park
  • Central Building Refurbishment
  • Baldwin Terrace Residential Development
  • Rosendale Primary School
  • Cryfield Energy Centre
  • IINM
  • RE-Fab House
  • Maggie's Newcastle
  • Guardbridge Energy Centre
  • City University London
  • IIPSI
  • Foundry
  • Shenley Academy
  • BFI Master Film Store
  • Palestinian Museum
  • Forest Gate Community School
  • Shahat Garden City
  • Brampton Manor Academy
  • Torriano Junior School Gatehouse
  • Institute for Sustainability
  • Evans Granary
  • Olisa Library
  • The Green Mountain Project
  • John Hope Gateway
  • Kew Herbarium, Library, Art & Archives Wing
  • Letchworth Transition Town
  • Stonebridge Hillside Hub
  • Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Richmond Park Golf Clubhouse
  • International Digital Laboratory
  • Cambridge Conservation Campus
  • Bristol Harbourside Building 9
  • Bristol Harbourside Building 3b
  • Masshouse Block D
  • Gateway to Petra
  • Singapore Management University
  • Purcell School Music Centre
  • Barge Arm Development
  • Heart of the Forest Masterplan
  • Bristol Harbourside Building 10
  • Penarth Heights Regeneration
  • Li Ka Shing Library
  • Lewisham Young People's Centre
  • Centre for Mathematical Sciences
  • Education and Interpretation Centre
  • Downland Gridshell
  • International Manufacturing Centre
  • Millennium Primary School & Health Centre
  • Bristol Harbourside Masterplan
  • Faculty of Divinity
  • Private House
  • UEL Docklands Campus
  • Ludgate Hill
  • Chester Amphitheatre Hotel
  • Hooke Park
  • Pittville Art College Campus Masterplan
  • Archaeolink Visitor Centre
  • University of North Carolina Masterplan
  • Clach Mhor
  • St John's College Library
  • Goldney Hall Student Residences
  • Petershill House
  • Fountains Abbey Visitor Centre
  • BP International Group Learning Centre
  • Bedfont Lakes Offices
  • Charles Cryer Theatre
  • RMC International HQ
  • Farnborough Grange Junior School
  • Chilworth Park Research Centre
  • Morrison Street
  • MacIntyre Milton Keynes
  • Crookham Junior School
  • Beechwood Lodge Hostel
  • Copped Hall Offices
  • Lambeth Community Care Centre
  • Whittington Centre
  • Uplands Conference Centre
  • Westoning Manor
  • Winchester College Arts Centre
  • St Mary's Church
  • Royal Opera House
  • Calthorpe Park School
  • Charlie Chaplin Adventure Playground
  • Bradwell Common 2
  • Westmoreland Road
  • Leighton Crescent
  • Highgrove Housing
  • Olivetti's New Branches
  • Branksome Hilders, Olivetti
  • Minster Lovell Conference Centre
  • House on the South Downs
  • Garrett House
  • Bartholomew Villas
  • Camden Mews
  • Horder House
  • Marvin House
  • Bell Tout Lighthouse
View: Grid List
Date
1991
Region
UK
Sector
Culture & Leisure Retrofit
Budget
£1m - £5m
Themes
Climate
Client
London Borough of Sutton Leisure Services
Location
Carshalton, London
Team
Dearle & Henderson, Jampel Davidson & Bell, Max Fordham LLP, Arup Acoustics, Eve Construction
Awards
RIBA Downland Award Commendation (1993) Civic Trust Award Commendation (1993) RIBA Award Commendation (1992)
Press
Architects’ Journal (1992) Architects’ Journal (1992)

Much-loved 1860s High Street Hall transformed into a new 200 seat studio theatre and workshop. 

Charles Cryer Theatre

The existing roof and clerestory glazing were replaced to incorporate sound-proofing. The lower roof was extended down to provide cloistered access to the ground floor café and shops. It was also extended forward to provide a theatrical welcome.

The auditorium is designed to be flexible enough for amateur and small professional dramatic productions, concerts, day-time conferences and exercise classes.

Shutters at stage-floor level elegantly and ingeniously control the acoustics and penetration of external light. When the vertically hung shutters are opened, the ash veneer is exposed giving hard, reflective acoustics, while the porthole windows let in pools of daylight. When the shutters are closed, with the metal mesh side exposed, the acoustics become softer. In either configuration, independently operated blinds behind the shutters can block or permit daylight penetration.

To the rear, the Hall section set up the geometry of the delightful, but entirely functional cross-gabled paint-frame studio. Given the shortage of such custom-made studios to serve the West End, this was to provide a legacy income for the theatre. 

Historic photo of the hall before refurbishment

Climate

The Theatre uses ground-source cooling which was innovative for its time. Mechanically circulated air inside the acoustically sealed envelope of the auditorium is cooled using water drawn from the 40ft deep bore hole.