Battersea Arts Centre

London, UK

Client Battersea Arts Centre
Architect Haworth Tompkins
Services MEP Engineering, Energy

The refurbishment and fit out of theatre, auditorium, café, commercial kitchen, circulation, and public spaces for the RENEW works at the old town hall, which houses the Arts Centre. The building was designed in 1891 by EW Mountford and, in 1980, became the independent organisation Battersea Arts Centre. The works included improvements to the building fabric, major upgrades to the electrical infrastructure and improvements to the general and specialist theatre lighting in the Council Chamber and Members Library.

XCO2’s input began with a technical review of the energy strategy of the building, where it became clear that the overloaded electrical system required upgrading and that the existing heating system could be significantly improved from an efficiency perspective. The XCO2 team then developed the detailed design of the building services for each space and described service routes that were both sensitive to the heritage of the building and accessible for maintenance purposes. The design assisted the architects in successfully bidding for Heritage Lottery Funding for the project.

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