From the outset the New Everyman Theatre had very defined requirements from the client in terms of the internal environment and the energy usage. The building had to be low energy and incorporate sustainable technology to lower the energy consumption of the theatre, as well as achieve a BREEAM EXCELLENT rating.
Haworth Tompkins Architects
To this end we worked very hard to design an auditorium that could operate naturally, using the warm air buoyancy of the audience as the main driving force for air movement. We have designed a low level inlet plenum that sits below the theatre and four 2.5m wide by 5m high stack chimneys at roof level to help drive the air movement through the auditorium. Combine this energy efficient approach with a combined heat and power (CHP) plant to generate electrical power; we have managed to provide B rated EPC building, which is 20% below the current building regulations energy requirements.
A post occupancy seasonal commissioning exercise was carried out following completion of the building in Winter and Summer 2014 to help fine tune the way in which the building performance and attenuates the internal environment.
Other features include predominantly naturally ventilated front and back of house areas, with advanced automatic controls to serve the lighting installations and reduce internal heat gains and energy usage, which has meant a building is without cooling (except for bar cellars and IT server room).
RIBA Best Building of the Year NW
RIBA National NW Award
RIBA Stirling Prize 2014 Best New Building of the Year
Civic Trust Awards 2015