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Barra Park Open Air Theatre, London

  • Architect:
    Brady Mallalieu
  • Award Type:
    Regional Award 2005
  • Location: Overseas
Barra Park Open Air Theatre, London


Overseas Under €300,000

Architect’s Comment

The original Open Air Theatre at Barra Park in Hayes, West London was built in 1951 as a community led open air venue for music, theatre and dance. The building fell into disrepair and was vandalised beyond repair. The local community raised funds for its reinstatement.

The new buildings form and materials have been carefully chosen to be robust and durable, whilst complimenting the natural park setting. We wanted the structure to possess an abstract, enigmatic quality when viewed across the park and to have sculptural and visual interest even when not in use, as the performance season is quite short.

The existing raked seating and landscape was upgraded. The changing block contains basic backstage accommodation for the performers including a disabled WC and shower, changing facilities, prop store and wing area.

The new building is tough, durable and vandal resistant without being overtly defensive. The building creates a new focal point within Barra Park which acts as a beacon for the regeneration of the area.

Clients’ Comment

Barra Park Open Air Theatre has been given a new lease of life with this great new cultural building for use by its active music and drama community. The benefit will be for the local community and park users who have worked hard in raising funds for this project and working with the supportive Local Council to achieve its aims. Barra Park is in a Conservation Historic Park and this new project will act as a beacon of light for the regeneration for the area.

An installation that combines finesse with function. The perfect backdrop to a designed performance in a sylvan setting.