Projects in

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

New theatre project

Reading Rep Theatre

Reading Rep combines high-class productions with ground-breaking education and c .. read more

Walthamstow Assembly Hall

Walthamstow Assembly Hall

This beautiful Grade II listed Art Deco venue received a £1
million refurbishment.& .. read more

George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths

George Wood Theatre, Goldsmiths College, UK

The renovation of the George Wood Theatre has provided the
College with a contempora .. read more

Wells Maltings auditorium

Wells Maltings, Norfolk, UK

Wells-next-the-Sea sits on the North Norfolk coast and, like many small coastal comm .. read more

Scarborough Spa Pavilion, UK

The Grand Hall is excellent when used for its original purpose, as a Concert Hall.  .. read more

Arts Theatre, Bahrain

This was a brand new 750 seat theatre built on the outskirts of Manama in Bahrain. Th .. read more

Capel Soar Arts Centre, Wales, UK

Capel Soar is an imposing Baptist Chapel in Penygraig, Mid Rhondda originally built i .. read more

Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, UK

The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham has recently undergone a £1.2 million refurbishment .. read more

Pound Arts Centre, Corsham, UK

The Pound Arts Centre in Corsham has recently undergone a £1.2 million refurbishment to create an arts hub in the area fit for the 21st century.

With a fully equipped auditorium, a studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, a café and gallery the new look arts centre offers first class facilities for people living in and around North Wiltshire.

The historic grade II listed building was originally built as a school.

What is now the main auditorium was built in the 1820s (possibly a conversion of an earlier building) as Lady Methuen’s School for Girls with 40 children paying school fees of one old penny a week and a further 30 educated for free. In 1893 new school buildings were constructed on adjoining land for the Corsham British School for boys. In 1923 the two buildings were combined to form the Corsham County Junior School, which remained on the site until 1994 when the school moved to new premises.

Soon after the buildings were transferred to North Wiltshire District Council and became used as a Centre for the Arts.

The new look Arts Centre is designed for both professional and community arts and includes new lighting and sound facilities for the auditorium and studio theatre designed by theatre consultants Drama by Design and installed by Stage Electrics.

Drama by Design worked with the users of the centre (both professional and local community) to design lighting, sound and audio visual systems for the main auditorium (theatre), studio theatre and foyer/reception areas. It was essential that these could be used by a wide range of users and that the spaces could quickly and easily be changed from one type of use to another in a very short space of time. As the buildings are listed our design also had to integrate with the architecture and ensure compliance with listed building consent.

The main auditorium space incorporates a flexible drapes system with dual ‘U’ shaped perimeter curtain tracks and a centre overlap track, high quality sound system that can be utilised for both theatre and productions and Dolby 5.1 cinema and a computerised stage lighting system. It also features a comprehensive theatre and conference cabling infrastructure.