What's happening at Theatretech?
ACS Hillingdon International School
ACS Hillingdon International School
Theatretech have recently been appointed to carry out a modest upgrade of the School Hall at the ACS site in Hillingdon.
The project will include a general decorative refurbishment of the Hall, and the intention is to remove a lay-in ceiling and open up into the shallow roof void to gain more height for overstage rigging and lighting bars etc.
Some work to enlarge the control room at the rear of the Hall will be undertaken, and the stage and house lighting, audio, presentation and projection systems and equipment will be completely overhauled and renewed.
COVID has inevitably delayed progress, but the aim is to get everything in place for a summer 2021 works project.
Cambridge School of Bucharest
Theatretech are the specialist theatre consultants to the School, working with concept architects YTAA from Beirut and K-Box, the local architect’s of record. The concept design stage has been achieved, and we are currently mid-way through the design development with the intention of going to tender late Spring 2021 and start on site in the summer of 2021.
We are responsible for a 350 seat theatre and a pair of Drama Studios, Recording Studio and Music Room in one of the two buildings that comprise the new School buildings, on a campus site to the north of Bucharest.
Christ’s Hospital School
Theatretech have just completed a major refurbishment project on the Grade 2 star listed theatre building. Please see the fuller description and images in the ‘Projects’ section of the website, under ‘Education’.
South Hampstead High School
Theatretech have just completed a highly specified Multi-purpose Hall at the renowned South Hampstead High School, an independent London day school, and part of the Girl’s Day School Trust. This project has taken some years to get off the ground, for many reasons, but is now complete and ready for the return of the School after the restrictions caused by the pandemic.
The Hall has been designed to be used for both music and drama, with a general acoustic that suits music reproduction perhaps more favourably than the spoken word, but with judicious use of drapes, the reverberation time can be reduced to cater for dramatic productions. The auditorium seating for around 300 is arranged on a retractable system, with a couple of fixed rows at the back of the Hall. Loose chairs can be set out to increase capacity to over 500 for School assemblies etc.
Technical equipment includes a Digico SD12 audio mixer, an ETC Eos lighting desk, 10 electric hoists for lighting and other rigging bars, and a custom programmable decorative lighting installation by GDS which can be controlled with the ETC Arc house and working lights.
The architects were Broadway Malyan, and Theatretech were the theatre and acoustic consultants.
Chipping Campden School
Chipping Campden School is a non-selective secondary school with a sixth form in the historic market town of Chipping Campden.
A new stand-alone Performing Arts building is shortly starting on site, and will give the School a purpose built large Hall suitable for a range of music and drama productions, along with a separate Drama Studio. The back wall of the main Hall can be opened up so that the Drama Studio can be a support space for the Hall, or vice versa, enabling much larger productions such as musicals etc.
The Hall will be equipped with the latest stage lighting and audio systems and equipment, and a high spec projection system will allow live streaming of performances from say the National Theatre, Opera House etc. It is anticipated that both spaces will have strong community use as well as a teaching facility for the School.
Theatretech are the specialist consultants, and Acanthus Clews the architects.
Furze Platt Senior School
have been working with the School to design and specify a demountable theatre installation for a new Hall that was completed at the end of November 2020
The Hall has a seating installation for 350+ on a retractable unit by Hussey Seatway, and a technical theatre and electrical installation installed by Henley Theatre Services, which comprises an overhead rigging system to support curtain tracks, lighting bars, audio, projection and lighting equipment etc., some of which can be de-rigged when the Hall is used for non-theatre activities.
Once the COVID restrictions allow the use of the Hall again, it will be used for a wide range of School activities, and will also be made available to outside Arts organisations and local community users.