The architects who will lead a major West Norfolk project have been announced.
Haworth Tompkins will lead the St George’s Guildhall and Creative Hub project in King’s Lynn.
They were selected based on their 30 years experience and 180 awards as well as being involved in a number of projects including the Grade 2* Battersea Arts Centre, Grade 1 Theatre Royal Drury Lane, Grade 1 Bristol Old Vic and ‘Qq’ (equivalent to Grade 2* in the UK) Malmö Stadsteater.
Stakeholder and community engagement and consultation will continue to take place throughout the development of this project, which is due to be completed in 2026.
The Guildhall is the country’s oldest working theatre and the only theatre still surviving in which Shakespeare is believed to have performed.
The project, which is led by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk, has secured just over £8m from the Government’s Town’s Fund, and is set to transform the Guildhall and surrounding buildings into a nationally important cultural heritage site at the heart of King’s Lynn’s arts and culture scene. The project aims to enhance this jewel in King’s Lynn’s crown, turning it into a welcoming, flexible and accessible place with a varied programme of cultural, performances and art-based experiences and opportunities.