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Whether they are intended for concert, conference, educational or conventional theatre use, the planning and design of auditoria, platforms and stages is very much a specialist discipline, as is the specification and layout of the associated technical equipment.
Experience shows that the earlier we are involved in a project the better able we are to help plan the arrangement of your building. This includes providing guidance on seating/sightlines and staging formats, and the spatial and ergonomic requirements of ancillary areas and their relationship with other spaces. Further down the line we can produce layout drawings and specifications for the technical systems, help other design team members make the necessary structural, electrical and mechanical allowances, and ensure the systems are aesthetically integrated.
If you are looking to create a performance space in an existing building and are not sure whether it is suitable, or have an existing performance space which needs modernising or refurbishing, we can help assess this as part of a feasibility study. And if you can initially only afford to partly equip your building we can provide the necessary advice to ensure you make appropriate allowances for future expansion.
Most architects are likely to have been part of a theatre or concert audience at some time, but few will have trodden the boards or been technicians. If your team includes an independent theatre consultant with experience at the sharp end of the business, you can be sure of receiving the specialist advice your project deserves.
TYPICAL THEATRE CONSULTANCY SERVICES
Advice on concept development, ergonomics, technical planning and specialist regulations such as fire, health and safety, and disabled access
Review of existing buildings prior refurbishment or conversion work
Assessment of outline drawings for new-build projects
Auditorium design advice including seating, sightlines and lighting
Advice on stage and backstage layouts, including performance, get-in and storage areas, and associated accommodation such as dressing rooms, control rooms and other technical areas
Performance design, specification and correlation of systems for stage lighting, sound, communications, audio-visual, projection, and stage machinery
Independent assessment and witness testing of schemes devised or installed by others
Witness testing and acceptance of completed schemes
Design, specification and integration of architectural lighting schemes, including luminaires, control systems, and emergency lighting