Hull Truck Theatre
Architect: Wright & Wright Architects
Client: Davis Langdon LLP
Project completion: 2009
The Hull Truck Theatre is a nationally renowned institution, responsible for some of Britain’s best- loved performances. Located in Theatre Square, it now occupies a new building with two performing spaces, the Main Auditorium and the Studio Theatre. Both performance spaces, as well as the ancillary and back of house facilities, were designed to be fully accessible.
Hull Truck was determined that the concept of inclusive design be at the heart of the proposed development and commissioned David Bonnett Associates (DBA) to provide an independent appraisal of the proposals. DBA went on to provide professional advice throughout the design process, in effect acting as ‘access champions’ within the consultant team. Best practice standards informed the entire development, encompassing the adjacent public realm to include pathways, car-parking areas, seating and signage.
The theatre was designed to enable all members of the audience as well as performers to enter and to follow the same, step-free internal circulation routes. Spaces are available for wheelchair users in both theatres, as well as ‘easy access seats’ that have only one step up or down.
Since the new theatre opened in 2009 the company has responded to its increased capacity and accessibility, developing an extensive community engagement programme and inspiring the next generation of Hull based theatre-makers.
Best Public Building, Brick Awards 2009
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