What's happening at Theatretech?
Cambridge School of Bucharest
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 October 2020 and start on site in Spring 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 are the architectural designers and specialist theatre consultants to Christ’s Hospital School working on a major refurbishment and modernisation of a Grade 2 star listed Theatre completed in 1975, the first ‘courtyard’ theatre in the UK designed by the eminent architects Howell Killick Partridge Amis.
The works include a complete overhaul of the electrical and mechanical systems, and a thorough upgrade of the house and stage lighting, audio and communications, and stage rigging, with the inclusion of a number of additional electric hoist sets.
We have designed a single storey extension to the foyer, in the style of the original building, which more than doubles the FOH accommodation, refurbished toilets, dressing rooms, backstage and the auditorium, and re-upholstered the original bespoke moveable bench seating.
This is a complex and highly detailed project, which, despite several months lost to the lockdown, is scheduled to be completed by the end of October 2020.
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
Theatretech have been working with the School to design and specify a demountable theatre installation for a new Hall that is due to complete in July 2020.
The building will be handed over to the School, whereupon the seating manufacturer Hussey Seatway will come in and install a 400 seat bench arrangement on a retractable seating unit, with a technical control platform at the rear. Henley Theatre Services will then install the necessary electrical cabling and containment, and an overhead rigging system to support curtain tracks, lighting bars, audio and lighting equipment etc., some of which can be de-rigged when the Hall is used for non-theatre activities.
The work is intended to be complete by October Half Term 2020.