Dream Factory


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GHA’s seminal theatre project created the UK’s first purpose-built performance space to train young people in theatre arts as well as a permanent home for the Playbox Theatre Company.

Drawing on the practice’s previous theatre experience, it is made up of a main auditorium for an audience of up to 294 people at the centre of a complex of smaller studios, workshops and ancillary spaces. The ‘village’ element provides a front of house café and break out spaces.

The project helped pioneer sustainable buildings solutions such as the TermoDeck system to reduce ventilation loadings.


Popli Khalatbari Award 2000
Quality in Construction Award 2000
RIBA Yearbook Editors Award 2000