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Torch Theatre, Milford Haven


The Torch Theatre was established in 1977 as one of the only building-based producing theatres in Wales. We were approached to rejuvenate the original theatre to extend its capacity and reposition it at the heart of the community.

The Brief

The initial brief included provisions for a new 300 seat main theatre, a 100 seat studio theatre, art gallery and exhibition spaces. These spaces needed support from a new restaurant, foyer and reception facilities.

Updated layouts also had to address the current Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) requirements and circulation routes to help promote the Torch experience to every audience member, no matter their capabilities.

Our Solution

Since its completion in 2010, the building has become a beacon, bringing arts and culture to the local community. It has attracted visitors from across the country, providing a warm welcome for those wishing to enjoy the arts and to socialise.

Colourful in its appearance, the Torch Theatre now has two performances spaces including the main theatre and a new 102 seat studio theatre. The building also houses a gallery, café and state-of-the-art digital cinema technology with 3D capabilities.

“Lawray Architects are an affable bunch of people, easy to work with yet still very professional. That’s especially useful for clients who aren’t used to the everyday business of design, contractors and tenders. They approach the job and client as you would like to think you would do yourself with anyone working in unfamiliar territory.”
–   Daniel Shaw, Torch Theatre General Manager

I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to comment on the contribution made by Lawray Architects to the recently completed Combined Services Centre in Llandrindod Wells. As lead consultants on a project with three separate stakeholders, their role was always going to be challenging. I was however, very impressed by the professional manner in which they succeeded not only in delivering a quality final product, but also in balancing with skill and patience the competing demands of their three ‘clients ’throughout both the planning and construction phases of the project. From a Dyfed Powys Police perspective, we were very satisfied with the design solutions offered and the ensuing facilities have received complimentary comments from the occupants

Perry Simpson. Capital Projects Manager

Dyfed Powys Police