The New Marlowe Theatre is a regional arts project in the heart of Canterbury, Kent. The original theatre was demolished to create a new enlarged theatre and performing arts facility. The new theatre is five storeys in height with a 1,185-person capacity auditorium at its heart. The theatre complex incorporates a piazza and riverside café with terraced area and includes meeting and exhibition spaces. Spacious foyers and bar areas extend across all three floors in the main auditorium area, with an impressive atrium and box office at ground floor level. The system has various energy controls, such as temperature compensation which involves the flow temperature being adjusted in accordance with the external temperature.
The performance spaces have production lighting for use during shows, ‘house’ lighting for general lighting when open to the public and ‘work’ lighting for use by staff outside of performance times. The New Marlowe Theatre has won numerous awards including a Civic Trust Award, a RIBA Downland Award for Architectural Excellence, the East Kent People’s Award, a Cultural Landscape Award, a Commendation in the Structural Steel Design Awards, the RICS South East Award for best project in the category of Tourism & Leisure, and the RICS South East Project of the Year Award.