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Wimbledon Arts Building Development – design by Tim Foster Architects

13 May 2009

Polka Children’s Theatre

Design: Tim Foster Architects

Following a two stage design competition comprising competitive interviews and the presentation of a feasibility study, Tim Foster Architects have been appointed to redevelop this popular children’s theatre in Wimbledon.

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Other contestants in the final stage were Ash Sakula Architects, Tim Ronalds Architects and Marcus Beale Architects. Tim Foster Architects’ proposals will open up and expand the existing front of house with foyers, a café and shop and create a new auditorium for 1 to 5 year olds in a domed structure at the rear of the site. The existing main auditorium will be remodelled and the building’s relationship to the street will be improved with a new entrance and enlarged window openings at the first floor onto a new education space. Internal and external foyer areas will be designed to be more interactive and playful for young audiences and access and circulation will be improved throughout.

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Tim Foster Architects is a medium sized practice specialising in buildings for the performing arts. Recent and current projects include: The Carnival Village Arts Centre in West London, Cheltenham Ladies’ College Performing Arts Centre (English Heritage Exemplar project), The Norwich Theatre Royal Redevelopment (RICS East Award 2008), The Broadway, Barking (Civic Trust Award 2006), The Centre for Education & the Arts at the American School in London, Kingsmead School Theatre, A new extension to Salisbury Playhouse, The Trafalgar Studios at the Whitehall Theatre and Kingston College Studio Theatre. Previous award winning schemes include The Tricycle Theatre and Cinema and the Broadway, Peterborough.

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Location: Wimbledon, London, UK

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