A major new theatre provides a cultural keynote to the transformation of Hull city centre. The main auditorium seats 450 and a flexible studio seats 150; they are supported by rehearsal spaces, workshops, dressing rooms and educational spaces. The external black skin wraps inside to create the foyer that holds the well-lit bar and café. The theatre has an innovative sustainability strategy using borehole technology and passive ventilation. The scheme won the Civic Trust Special Award for Inclusive Design.