Core Business / Areas of diversification

Conservation Architecture
Interior Design
Space Planning & Design
Furniture Spec & Procurement
Public Consultations


Key Personnel / Contacts

Denise Bennetts – Founding Director
Rab Bennetts – Founding Director
Simon Erridge – Director
Alisdair Gordon – Associate Director (Edinburgh)
Paul Bowman – Associate
Dan Kew – Associate
Adrian Lonsdale – Associate (Manchester)


Company Addresses

London Studio

1 Rawstorne Place
London EC1V 7NL
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7520 3300

Edinburgh Studio

3 Boroughloch Square
Edinburgh EH8 9NJ
Telephone: +44 (0)131 667 7351

Manchester Studio

Amazon House
3 Brazil Street
Manchester M1 3PJ
Telephone: +44 (0)161 674 0135


Business Operating Zone

United Kingdom and Europe

Company Profile

One of the UK’s leading architectural practices, Bennetts Associates is behind the Stirling Prize-shortlisted transformation of the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon and the recently completed new flytower for the Shaftesbury Theatre in London. Current work includes the redevelopment of London’s Old Vic Theatre, the Citizens Theatre in Glasgow and Storyhouse, Chester’s new Cultural Centre. The practice has a reputation for design quality, sustainability and a collaborative style of working and has won more than 140 awards, with projects in the education, commercial and public sectors as well as theatres and other cultural and historic buildings. Bennetts Associates is based in London, Edinburgh and Manchester.


Current Projects

The Old Vic Theatre, London
HS2 Manchester Piccadilly SRF
Citizens Theatre, Glasgow
Data Technology Institute, University of Edinburgh
Storyhouse, Chester


Recent Projects

Shaftesbury Theatre, London
The Old Vic Theatre Foyers, London
5 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London
40 Chancery Lane, City of London
New Street Square, City of London
Midland Goods Shed, King’s Cross, London
Hampstead Theatre and Foyer refresh, London
Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon
Blackpool Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Canford Chapel and Music School, Dorset
The Potterrow Development, University of Edinburgh
Mint Hotel Amsterdam
St Antony’s College, Oxford



Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Royal Incorporation for Architects in Scotland (RIAS)
The Theatres Trust
Saddlers Wells
Hampstead Theatre
Association of Consultant Architects (ACA)
Founding Member of UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC)
Scottish Ecological Design Association (SEDA)
Contractors’ Health and Safety Assessment Scheme (CHAS)
Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA)
Construction Productivity Network (CIRIA)
NEC Users Group
Centre for Window and Cladding Technology (CWCT)
Timber Research and Development Association (TRADA)
British Council for Offices (BCO)
City Property Association (CPA)
New London Architecture (NLA) Partner


Awards Won

Architectural Practice of the Year

Building Awards 2011 and 2006

Architect of the Year

Building Design Awards 2005

Building Design Architect of the Year Awards

Office Architect of the Year 2016
Refurbishment Architect of the Year 2011
Public Building Architect of the Year 2005

Sustainability Leader of the Year

Rab Bennetts, Building/UKGBC Awards 2009

RIBA Awards

Bennetts Associates has won 18 RIBA awards, including 13 since 2000

Civic Trust Awards

The practice has won 6 Civic Trust awards, most recently in 2014 for St Antony’s College

Bennetts Associates’ Studio, London

NLA ‘Office Interiors’ Award 2013, RIBA Award 2003 and ‘Commitment to the Environment Award’ 2003

Shaftesbury Theatre, London

NLA ‘Culture & community’ Award 2016, Blueprint Awards 2016 commended for ‘Best public use, privately funded’

5 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London

Winner of 15 awards including: Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award at the BCI Awards 2015; RIBA London Regional Award 2015; RIBA London Sustainability Award 2015; Impact Award at the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2015; Sustainability Project of the Year at the Building Awards 2015

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon

Winner of 14 major national and international awards including: RIBA Award 2011; Building Awards Project of the Year 2011; BCIA Major Building Project 2011; USITT Architecture Honor award 2012; Civic Trust Award 2012; and shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2011

Elizabeth II Court, Winchester

Building/UKGBC Awards Sustainable Project of the Year 2009; BCO Award ‘Refurbished/Recycled Workplace above 2000m2’ 2010; AJ Retrofit Award 2010; and RICS SE Region Sustainability Award 2010

The Potterrow Development, University of Edinburgh

Winner of 11 major national awards including: RIAS Andrew Doolan Prize ‘Best Building in Scotland’ 2008; BCO National Corporate Workplace 2009; and a RIBA Award 2009

New Street Square, City of London

Property Week City Office Development of the Year; The Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects ‘New City Architecture’ Award 2009; RIBA Regional Award 2009; Civic Trust Award 2009; and Building Services Major Project of the Year 2009

Central Library, Brighton

Winner of 12 major national awards including: Prime Minister’s Better Public Building Award 2005; Civic Trust Award 2007; and shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.



IHBC London Branch Conference
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
New London Architecture


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