hmdw architects ltd


phoenix cinema

The Phoenix Cinema is the oldest continuously running cinema in the country, dating back to 1910, and was in urgent need of repair and restoration. A Conservation Management Plan, sponsored by the Heritage Lottery Fund, was prepared by HMDW Architects. Plans have been supported by a variety of people in all forms of media, including Michael Palin and Maureen Lipman, to successfully gain funding. The £1.1 million project was recently completed. One of the promotional videos can be seen here on our awards page. The Phoenix also mentions the work on their news page here.

The regeneration work to reinstate the cinema as a 1930s Art Deco icon is featured in BD magazine (Phoenix in BD.jpg), the BBC news website and filmlondon, as well as a recent magazine article article phoenix.jpg. There has been particular attention to restoring the frontage, the neon lighting, and constructing a new café bar. In an interview with filmlondon, the client noted: ‘We brought a firm of specialist architects, HMDW, on board very early. Their advice and guidance has been critical to the success of the project’.

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