Chequer Mead Arts Centre

East Grinstead, West Sussex

Chequer Mead was one of the first projects in the UK to receive Arts Lottery funding.

The Arts Centre provides studios, meeting rooms, art gallery, and a café in a converted former primary school, with a new 300-seat theatre.

The form of the auditorium - a gold, curved balcony within a rectangular box - creates a tightly focused and intimate space, bringing the audience as close as possible to the performance.

RIBA Regional Award for Architecture