Building Tour: Battersea Arts Centre with Haworth Tompkins

Join Haworth Tompkins Architects’ Martin Lydon and Imogen Long for an exploration of Battersea Arts Centre, a landmark community theatre restored following an unexpected fire.


11:00am, Saturday, 24 November 2018


12:30pm, Saturday, 24 November 2018

Tour Guides

Imogen Long

Martin Lydon

Duration: 1.5 hours

Venue: Lavender Hill, London SW11 5TN

Start: Battersea Arts Centre main foyer

Getting There: Battersea Arts Centre is 7 minute walk from Clapham Junction station

Children are welcome to join free of charge

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Haworth Tompkins associates Imogen Long and Martin Lydon will lead a special behind-the-scenes tour of the historic venue which was originally built as a town hall before being abandoned and then repurposed as an arts centre more than 40 years ago.

The Saturday morning tour will delve into details behind the design and restoration of the Battersea Arts Centre, and explore the entire complex which includes a new roof-top office extension and terrace, a courtyard theatre, a suite of artist bedrooms, and a host of flexible performance spaces.

Tour Guides

Imogen joined Haworth Tompkins in 2006 and became an Associate in 2015. She has run several the studio’s theatre and arts projects, specialising in work on listed buildings. She leads the Sustainability team and contributes to the Theatre team. Imogen also coordinates the practice’s involvement in the RIBA Ambassadors scheme, has been an RIBA mentor and volunteered at Habitat for Humanity and Architecture for Humanity. Imogen studied at The Bartlett School of Architecture, where she won the Herbert Batsford Prize for distinguished work, and at the Architectural Association.

Martin joined the practice in 2005 and became an Associate in 2015. He has played a key role in a range of the studio's theatre projects and manages the practice’s recruitment process. Martin is a mentor with the Social Mobility Foundation and a guest critic at Manchester School of Art and Northumbria University. He studied at the University of Sheffield.