Stratford-upon-Avon’s Royal Shakespeare Theatre has won a major award from the Institution of Structural Engineers.
The Heritage Award was given for the £57 million project that radically transformed the Grade II* listed theatre.
The new thrust stage auditorium has a capacity of 1,030, which makes it one of the largest of its kind in the world.
More than 340 guests attended the ceremony, which took place the Marriott Hotel, in Grosvenor Square, London.
Structural Awards’ judge and Institution President, Professor Roger Plank, said: “The sensitive and complex refurbishment of this landmark in our cultural heritage has elevated what was undoubtedly a theatre that was artistically world-renowned into a theatre that is technically world-class.”
The design of the new theatre sensitively incorporates the most significant remains of the earlier theatres which stood on the site whilst bringing the building into the 21st century.
The Structural Awards, held annually by the Institution of Structural Engineers, recognise the work of the world’s most talented structural designers.
Among the other winning projects are some of the most stunning examples of engineering excellence of the last decade.
They include Dublin Airport’s Terminal Two, Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre in Kazakhstan, Las Arenas Bullring in Spain and the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome.