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Expedition worked with the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust (SBT) to transform the site of Shakespeare’s home in Stratford upon Avon, where he died in 1616. The project is made up of three distinct sections which weave together to form a fresh new interpretation of the popular visitor attraction.

As part of the project, we worked with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios to extend the grade 1 listed Nash’s House sensitively providing additional exhibition space. The new oak framed structure nestles within the gap between two listed buildings, carefully preserving medieval archaeology beneath its footprint.

The garden area adjacent to Nash’s House has been reimagined by Tim O’Brien (one of our Trustees, a renowned former British theatre designer who designed 31 productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company) collaborating with Chris Wise.

The design for New Place uses a mixture of materials to allude to the footprint left by Shakespeare’s family home. The duo conceived a series of arts pieces commissioned by the SBT and worked with artists to realise the vision.

Completing the trio of works, Nash’s House itself underwent restoration, bringing the building back to life under the watchful eye of Ramboll together with FCBS. Planting design has been re-imagined by Gillespies.

Celebrations in Stratford-upon-Avon to commemorate the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 2016 included a broadcast by the BBC.

People:
Chris Wise
Eva MacNamara
John Gerrard

Client: Shakespeare Birthplace Trust

Project Value: Circa £2.6m

Status: Complete

Shakespeare’s New Place