Projects in

Collaborative AV design

Cardiff University ENGIN

The School of Engineering is housed inside the Grade II
listed Queen’s Buildings, .. read more

Clinical skills

University of Galway, School or Nursing & Health Sciences

The project involved the refurbishment of a number of
teaching spaces and simula .. read more

New college building

Manchester College

Situated in the heart of Manchester city centre, City Campus
Manchester opened in su .. read more

Theatre and studio design

CAPA College

A specialist provision for students aged 16-19 from across the North of England, CAP .. read more

Clinical AV consultancy

National University of Ireland Medical School

The School of Medicine is one of three schools within the College of Medicine, Nursi .. read more

AV design for University

Cardiff University Wider Be

The Wider Be (Well Informed Design Education and Research in the Built Environment) .. read more

New digital arts building

Manchester Metropolitan University SODA Building

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a £35m investment into work space, networks, t .. read more

Theatre specialist design

Manchester Metropolitan University Arts & Humanities Building

This award winning project has created an inspirational venue for training t .. read more

University of Greenwich Clinical Skills Centre

This project involves the rennovation of two buildings to create four Clinical S .. read more

Cardiff AV design and consultancy

Cardiff University Physical Learning Spaces

This project involved the complete refurbishment of the physical learning spaces in .. read more

CAPA College

A specialist provision for students aged 16-19 from across the North of England, CAPA College provides full-time training and education in all aspects of creative and performing arts from dance and drama to musical theatre, production arts, film and media.

The ground-breaking College is already home to 250 of the country’s most talented young performers; with CAPA College graduates going on to become recognisable TV stars, West End performers and Hollywood actors.

The multi-million-pound facility houses a 150-seat theatre, 10 recording studios, dance studios, drama workshops, video/photo studio, a multimedia tech suite and an outdoor amphitheatre.

Drama by Design were involved with the project from feasibility study through to completion. We worked with the architects Race Cottam on the design of the building and designed all the specialist technical systems.

The main theatre features a tension wire grid over the whole area, with internally wired lighting bars above. Infrastructure is designed around utilising LED luminaires with sequential power and DMX distribution. A flown loudspeaker system covers the seating area and has control and input plates providing cable and Bluetooth connectivity to enable the space to be easily used for teaching. Paging and show relay is provided to the front of house and back stage areas with an intercom system for the technical staff. There is a rear stage curtain track, side masking curtains on tracks and an electrically retractable seating system.

The drama studios are equipped with overhead internally wired lighting grids and low level power outlets all fed from an intelligent power distribution system. Low and high level facility panels enable audio, video and communications equipment to be connected in the studios. A perimeter curtain track enables the spaces to be transformed from a white teaching space to a black box studio and leg curtains enable wings to be created.

The video/photo studio features a motorised truss with internally wired bars enabling it to be lowered to the floor for easy and safe rigging. Facility panels enable equipment in the studio to be controlled from the control room.

All studios have active loudspeakers to enable music to be played. The loudspeaker system is centrally controlled with local control and input plates for connecting mobile devices via cable or Bluetooth.

Drama by Design worked with the main contractor to deliver the project effectively to include testing and commissioning on completion.