Oliver Heywood


The range of Oliver’s work spans from concert halls to small restaurants to global events, ranging from discrete new insertions to altogether new facilities. In recent years, he has focused on arts and education projects.

He has been leading our work at Shakespeare’s Globe, which has included the completion of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse and new foyer spaces and, more recently, developing concepts for a major expansion to the Globe. He was a key designer in the Grade I listed Royal Festival Hall project, leading the refurbishment of its foyers, and maintains a role today as a principal contact for our house architect role. More recently, he has been designing a new arts and media faculty for Manchester Metropolitan University incorporating a 350-seat theatre and poetry library.

For the 2012 Olympics, he worked on the architectural overlay design, incorporating the brand identity of the Games to develop a common language for temporary venues, structures and catering outlets. He is now involved in another major sporting event – the Championships at Wimbledon – working on masterplan for the All England Tennis Club (AELTC) site.

On the smaller end of the scale, his works range from a new entrance and cafe for the Free Word Centre in Farringdon to fit-outs for Canteen restaurant. He has also revisited a place we know well, the Horniman Museum, delivering a new cafe terrace.