Scott Brownrigg post-war building receives Grade II Listing

14.11.12

The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre in Guildford, designed by Scott Brownrigg and Turner in 1965 has been granted Grade II Listed status by the Government. 

The department for Culture, Media and Sport has listed the building “in recognition of its design, which uses a distinctive, sculptural form and exposed concrete structure, interesting plan, and auditorium which is of particular interest”.

Culture minister Ed Vaizey described the building which was designed by John Brownrigg, as a “fine example of post-war design which showcases the architectural talents of the period in buildings designed for private and public use, it clearly merits the extra layer of protection that the listing provides”. 

English Heritage head of designation, Emily Gee added: “The Yvonne Arnaud Theatre is a visually striking building which has been carefully designed, planned and detailed.  It is the epitome of an architecturally inventive provincial theatre of the mid-1960s which survives in remarkably intact condition and fully merits listing at Grade II”.

Mark Price, the trust’s planning and heritage advisor said: “It’s important to recognise the quality of theatres built in the 1960’s, a time when new theatres reflected civic post-war ambitions. Its distinctive sculptural ‘rib-cage’ fins wrap around an interior circular drum containing the auditorium and we can see this reflected in the way more contemporary theatres went on to be designed”.

On hearing the news of the Grade II Listing, Darren Comber, CEO at Scott Brownrigg said:  

This is a major milestone for Scott Brownrigg and an enormous achievement for the late John Brownrigg. Having met John on several occasions, he was a seriously talented architect who cared deeply about his art. Even in his 80's John showed an interest and thorough understanding in the work that continued to be produced within the practice, which still bears his name today. John continued to be very proud of the practice’s achievements.  I am duly proud that Scott Brownrigg now has a listed building in its catalogue that John has gifted to us”.