Shaftesbury Theatre London wins at Building Awards

Type News

Date 05/12/2016

The iconic Shaftesbury Theatre, in the heart of London’s West End, has won the ‘Small Project of the Year’ award at the Building Awards 2016.

GVA Acuity* worked on the project together with architect Bennetts Associates and contractor Fabrite Engineering Ltd.

The Building Awards 2016 took place on 8 November at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane. Now in its 22nd year, the awards recognise outstanding projects in the UK construction industry.

The Shaftesbury Theatre is owned by the Theatre of Comedy Company and is the largest independently owned West End theatre. The theatre, built over 100 years ago in 1911, was limited by its structural capacity. The completed project has provided a new stage roof, known as a ‘flytower’, incorporating much needed additional dressing rooms and office space.

The project came up against stiff opposition to beat 9 short-listed schemes including Hitchin Square (LB Tower Hamlets), Richmond Adult Community College and The Portland Collection.

Mike Cook, Senior Project Manager, GVA Acuity, who led the project remarked: “The Shaftesbury Theatre has been a pleasure to work on, with a really close client and architect relationship. We used a range of procurement routes to complete a logistically challenging project with minimal closure and stunning results. I’m pleased to have been part of a great team that has created a new icon for the capital’s skyline.”

The project has also been recognised elsewhere, winning the ‘Culture and Community Award’ at the New London Architecture Awards in July 2016, and receiving a Commendation at the BCI Awards 2016 and the Blueprint Awards 2016.

For more information, please contact Mike Cook at GVA Acuity on 020 7911 2265 or