The Theatres Trust


Delivering Sustainable Theatres

The challenge of achieving the triple bottom line

Conference 12 looked at the sustainable design, development and operation of theatre buildings in relation to environmental, economic and social disciplines, and the challenges of delivering sustainable theatres for future generations.

We explored how theatre buildings have addressed the sustainability agenda and introduced new technologies and adapted to meet rising energy costs, tougher environmental building standards, economic constraints and the expectations of audiences – and see what lessons have been learnt.

And we shared the experiences of the 48 London theatres on The Theatres Trust ERDF funded ECOVENUE project.

We look at what sustainable development now means for theatres, what opportunities exist for theatre buildings in the new National Planning Policy Framework, how funding programmes are now promoting more sustainable capital development of theatre buildings, and what is needed to ensure theatres can meet the triple bottom line head on and continue to thrive.

Conference 12 was of interest to those trying to maximise economic, social and environmental returns from their theatre buildings through redesign, adaptation or new builds. It provided the opportunity to discuss these issues with other theatres, government and arts policy makers, theatre consultants and architects and take part in the debate.

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Samira Ahmed, Conference Chair

Session chairs

Dorothy Wilson MBE, Chief Executive and Artistic Director, mac, Birmingham
Mark Robinson, Director, Thinking Practice


Griff Rhys Jones, President, Civic Voice
Nigel Hinds, Creative Producer, Cultural Olympiad, London 2012
Fran Toms, Head of Culture, Manchester City Council
Jake Orr, A Younger Theatre
Rosemary Squire, Ambassador Theatre Group
Clare Connor, Director, Stratford Circus
Kerry Michael, Artistic Director, Theatre Royal Stratford East
Simon Harper, NT Future Project, National Theatre, London
Tim Atkinson, Ecovenue Theatre Buildings Services Adviser, Theatres Trust
Andy Eagle, Director, Chapter, Cardiff and Merthyr Tydfil
Dame Elizabeth Forgan, Chair, Arts Council England
Mark Watts, Director, Arup
John Holden, DEMOS Associate and Visiting Professor, City University, London
Rab Bennetts OBE, Bennetts Associates Architects
Erica Whyman, Chief Executive, Northern Stage, Newcastle
Tony Wright, Global Arts Village, Hulme Hippodrome
Elliott McKelvie, Chairman, Greenock Arts Guild, The Beacon
Deborah Sawyerr, General Manager, The Broadway Barking

Delivering Sustainable Theatres was produced by The Theatres Trust
Conference Reporter: Jo Caird
Production Manager: Andy Shewan
Sponsorship Consultant: Nicky Rowland

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