RIBA East Award

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke's, Bedford | Foster Wilson Architects

The new Quarry Theatre is located in the old Moravian Church on St Peter’s Street in Bedford. The redundant church has been transformed into a new performing arts theatre for Bedford School and also the local community. The new facility creates a 200-300-seat flexible theatre within the church, together with a studio for teaching drama, foyers sufficient to house a full audience (that also double up as teaching spaces), backstage facilities for performers and offices for staff.

The building was an obvious fit for a theatre development, however, the architects have skilfully exploited the existing features of the building, striking a balance between respect for the old and the celebration of the new. Original features were preserved wherever possible, and the detailing of the new materials and insertions is well thought through.

Source: RIBA