Darlington Hippodrome Receives a Commendation at the 2023 Hadrian Awards

Last night, the Northern Architectural Association's renowned Hadrian Awards returned to celebrate architecture across the North of England. The awards recognise buildings completed two years ago or more, allowing the landscape to mature and for the collation of 'in use' data and user opinions.

At the Hadrian Awards ceremony, several architects, designers, and stakeholders in the field gathered to celebrate the achievements of those who went above and beyond in their respective projects. Among the attendees were SPACE's David Coundon, Phil Loyd, and Carinna Gebhard.

We are pleased to announce that SPACE Architects received a commendation at the awards for our heritage project, the Darlington Hippodrome. The project involved the refurbishment, remodelling, and extension of a Grade II Edwardian Theatre.

The theatre complex, relaunched under its historic name, The Hippodrome, after a multi-million-pound investment, maintains its distinctive historic exterior and beautiful heritage auditorium. It also comprises outstanding contemporary accommodation for the public and technical facilities such as new entrances, foyer spaces, galleries, bars, cafes, heritage, and education resources.

Darlington Hippodrome is now open daily, moving away from previously limited opening hours aligned with show times. It boasts welcoming and inspiring spaces for visitors to enjoy, including the bright and comfortable Hippo Lounge and a range of fixed and visiting exhibitions throughout the building, reflecting its standing within the regional arts and culture scene.

The Darlington Hippodrome has become a cultural landmark in the region, with its standing in the arts and culture scene. It is a testament to the power of architecture in preserving and enhancing heritage while creating a vibrant and modern atmosphere for the public.

To learn more about the Darlington Hippodrome project, visit our "Revisiting the Hippodrome: A Cultural Hub in the Heart of Darlington" article.