Transforming the RSC Theatres

KLH UK supplied and installed cross-laminated timber panels for phase 3 of the £112.8m 'Transforming the RSC's Theatres' project at the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford.

Phase 3 of the project included the new Royal Shakespeare Theatre 1,000 seat auditorium, restoration of the heritage elements of the original building, riverside walkway, Theatre Tower to mark the new entrance, rooftop restaurant, colonnade, public square and improved backstage areas.

KLH cross-laminated timber was used for the flooring of the Riverside Walkway, expanded front-of-house public areas and colonnade linking the Royal Shakespeare and Swan Theatres.

Transforming the RSC Theatres

Carbon Calculation

  • KLH cross-laminated timber volume for Transforming the RSC Theatres is 658m3
  • KLH panels removed approximately 526.4 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere
  • 29.7 tonnes of emitted CO2 from transporting the KLH panels from Austria to Stratford-upon-Avon
  • Offsetting the CO2 emissions from the transport therefore shows a 'nett gain' of 496.7 tonnes (CO2 removed from the atmosphere)


Ultimately, the timber panels for Transforming the RSC Theatres contains approximately 157.9 tonnes of sequestered/stored carbon.

Transforming the RSC Theatres

Project Details

Project Value:  £112,800,000

Project Dates:  2008 - 2011

Services:  Supply and Erect

Timber Volume:  658m3

Build Period:  6 weeks

Transforming the RSC Theatres

Design Team

Architect:  Bennetts Associates

Engineer:  Buro Happold

Contractor:  Mace Group

Transforming the RSC Theatres



Short-listed for Civic Trust Award


Winner of Structural Award - Heritage Award for Building or Infrastructure Projects

Winner of RIBA Award

Short-list for RIBA Stirling Prize

Transforming the RSC Theatres

Transforming the RSC Theatres