The North Wall Arts Centre was built on the site of a Victorian swimming pool situated on the grounds of St Edward’s Oxford. After over a century of use, this pool became redundant when a new one was built on the school playing fields, and after it had served as a storeroom for a few years, the School Governors decided to develop the pool and adjoining buildings as a new arts centre.
The London architects, Haworth Tompkins were commissioned to design a building which would blend a Victorian listed building with modern architecture, and which would provide a theatre, drama and dance studios, and an art gallery. The arts centre opened in 2007 to the public with its inaugural Summer Festival.In 2008, The North Wall Arts Centre was awarded both a national award from the Royal Institute of British Architects, presented at the *RIBA awards*. This was the fourth award received by The North Wall, having previously won a regional award from RIBA, and is an impressive achievement by our architects, Haworth Tompkins, who also won a national award for their new design of the Young Vic Theatre.