The refurbishment will include the installation of a new floating timber floor throughout the hall and rhomboid tiered seating that will retract back into a concealed storage cupboard when they are not required.
The project will also include the installation of a decorative LED lighting system inspired by that used in the Canadian National Music Centre in Calgary, dramatically amplifying the performance space while also having the ability to adapt to the diverse lighting requirements in the hall.
A new mezzanine balcony is being constructed opposite the stage for a new sound and lighting control room and this will be attached to a bespoke technical gantry that runs around the perimeter of the hall.
The introduction of a technical gantry will provide safe and secure access to the theatrical equipment at high level improving user operation, maintenance and functionality of the hall as a performance space, while also creating a unique teaching environment for students and staff.
The walls, ceiling and technical gantry have all been designed to optimise the acoustic performance of the hall with faceted panels and vertical timber battens lining the entire perimeter of the space, referencing the design concept of a magical woodland screen to create a warm, neutral canvas for each performance.