Liverpool Everyman Theatre

  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile
  • © Haworth Tompkins / Philip Vile

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

North West

Local Authority Area

Liverpool

Information about this scheme

Situated in a sensitive, historic city centre site, The Everyman holds an important place in Liverpool culture and the original theatre, converted from the 19th century Hope Hall chapel, had served the city well. But by the new millennium the building was in need of complete replacement to serve a rapidly expanding production and participation programme. This technically advanced and highly adaptable new theatre includes a 400 seat adaptable auditorium, a smaller performance and development space, a large rehearsal room, public foyers, exhibition spaces, catering and bar facilities, along with supporting offices, workshops and ancillary spaces. The design retains the friendly, demotic accessibility of the old building, projects the organisation’s values of cultural inclusion, community engagement and local creativity, and encapsulates the collective identity of the people of Liverpool. The entire façade is a large, collaborative work of public art consisting of 105 moveable metal sunshades, each one carrying a life-sized, water-cut portrait of a contemporary Liverpool resident. Local red brick was selected for the walls and four large ventilation stacks, giving the building a distinct silhouette and meshing it into the surrounding architecture. The project engaged every section of the city’s community in a series of public events, so that the completed building can be read as a collective family snapshot of the population in all its diversity.

Credits

Architect

Haworth Tompkins

Interior Designer

Haworth Tompkins

Interior Designer

Citizens Design Bureau

Client

Liverpool and Merseyside Theatres Trust

Main Contractor

Gilbert-Ash

Project Manager

GVA Acuity

Quantity Surveyor

Gardiner & Theobald

Theatre Consultant

Charcoalblue

Structural Engineer

Alan Baxter & Associates

Services Engineer

Watermans Building Services

CDMC

Turner and Townsend

Acoustic Engineer

Gillieron Scott Acoustic Design

Artist

Antoni Malinowski

Artist

Jake Tilson

Artist

Dan Kenyon

Catering Consultant

Keith Winton Design

Access Consultant

Earnscliffe Davies Associates

Primary Use Class

Class D2g - Theatre