Triple RIBA prize wins in Southwark

By Natalie Vincent - Fri 18 May 2018, 10:09 am

Two primary schools and a theatre auditorium in Southwark have won prestigious architectural prizes, with two given to architect Maccreanor Lavington.

Image courtesy of Philip Vile

Charles Dickens School, Grange Primary School and the recently opened Bridge Theatre (above) all received a 2018 RIBA London Prize, which recognises architectural excellence. 

Maccreanor Lavington worked with contractor Morgan Sindell to expand Charles Dickens School, delivering 130 more pupil places, while increasing outdoor play space and improving the appearance of the forecourt to the public.

A larger hall was built close to the site boundary with the playground moved above it, the entrance was redesigned to provide level street access and the refurbishment of the existing school building has provided new classrooms, resource spaces and toilet facilities. 

The architect was also contracted by Southwark Council to redesign Grange Primary School, creating 105 more pupil places and an improved entrance. A new building housing a dining hall, kitchens, nursery, library, offices was constructed, with a pavilion of smaller spaces bordering the site, enclosing the playground.

Founding director at Maccreanor Lavington, Richard Lavington said: ‘This is an amazing achievement for the practice and fantastic recognition for the hard work put into these projects by everyone who worked on them. We have seen a number of projects complete this year and this is an opportunity to stand back and recognise what we have achieved and all the hard work it has taken to get there.”

The Bridge Theatre on London’s Southbank was recognised for its expandable 900-1,000 seat auditorium, which was designed by theatrical architect Hayworth Tompkins, and constructed off-site in Norfolk before being delivered to One Tower Bridge fully fitted with ventilation, sound, lighting, AV infrastructure and architectural finishes; it opened in late 2017.

A spokesperson for The Bridge Theatre commented: “Everyone at The Bridge is delighted to see our architect Howarth Tompkins and our engineers Tait rewarded for their fantastic designs for our theatre – a huge congratulations to them both.”