St Mark’s Drama Theatre Conversion

Imaginative repurposing of a disused school gym to create a 200-seat theatre for drama and music.

We recently completed the conversion of a redundant school gym into a new 200-seat theatre for drama and music, the latest development in our innovative low-waste Masterplan for St Mark’s Catholic School in Hounslow.

Our pared-back approach to materials and our commitment to re-use and reducing waste has resulted in a high-quality and low-maintenance space that minimises costs not only at construction stage, but over the life of the building.

The refurbishment follows the completion of a new Sports Hall on the grounds, that, once complete, left behind an acoustically and thermally poor masonry box within the main body of the school.

Dressed in deep claret and acoustic-baffling bamboo, the theatre provides temperature-controlled fresh air from beneath the fixed seating – an innovative solution that does not compromise space or visitor experience under the loudest noise contours of Heathrow Airport.

The scheme provides an entrance foyer, level performance area, fixed seating, a mezzanine for sound and theatrical control and stage storage underneath. Original hard wood flooring has been stripped back for current use and, where feasible, we have avoided a layering of new finishes, avoiding paint and other high maintenance products.

With alumni including Elvis Costello the school are looking forward to continued success in the arts, drama and music.


St. Mark's School



Team Credits: 

Architect: Useful Studio
Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering
Mechanical Engineer: Novarama
Cost Consultant: Appleyard & Trew
Contractor: Quinn

Image Credits: Jill Tate