Designed ‘with young people, for young people’
The redevelopment of our Creative Production House in north London has been named the winner of the Cultural and Religious category at the 2022 Architects' Journal Retrofit Awards.
‘I loved this project,’ one of the judges said simply. ‘The rationale is so strong and clear in terms of how existing places have been revitalised.’ Others were impressed by what had been done with the budget and the key environmental moves, including the ‘significant’ whole-life carbon savings achieved and plans for future energy monitoring.
The transformation of the building has been designed by internationally acclaimed architects DSDHA, working with Gardiner and Theobald, Access=Design, cc|be, Sound Space Vision, Gerald Eve, David Akera Engineering and Neilcott Construction.
We are very grateful to these organisations who are supporting the redevelopment of our home to create a National Production House for Young People: the Mayor of London's Good Growth Fund, The Kirby Laing Foundation, Arts Council England, London Marathon Charitable Trust, the Christina Smith Foundation and City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, London Borough of Islington and Green Hall Foundation. We’re also incredibly grateful to Michael Bonehill and Edward Duthie Shamash for their pro-bono legal support, which we couldn’t have redeveloped the building without and to our all who volunteered their time, especially our young members who co-designed the project with us, our Trustees and Youth Trustees who offered their time and expertise so generously and Rob Halliday.
The building opened for test launch events in Spring 2021 with the NYT REP Company’s productions of Othello and Animal Farm opening the Workshop Theatre space. Spaces throughout the building are currently full of workshops with young creatives from around the UK and are now available to hire. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.