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

Reading Rep Theatre

Reading Rep combines high-class productions with ground-breaking education and community engagement. Working with new directors, new playwrights and new practitioners, they present productions from classics to new writing, revivals to musicals; producing outstanding shows of world class for the widest possible audience.

Drama by Design worked with Reading Rep to provide a coordinated design for all the theatre technical systems and to project manage the works through to completion for their new home in Reading.

The proposed use of the building is wide ranging. Reading Rep itself puts on some technically demanding productions so the lighting, sound and AV systems had to be flexible to support innovation. The space is also used for local youth theatre and by the local College. In addition the space was designed so that it can be used during the day for conferences and events to maximise revenue streams.

Sustainability was a key consideration throughout the project. It felt inappropriate to open a new venue with outdated equipment. Wherever possible new equipment was purchased to ensure the venue leads from the front and is working with the newest and most sustainable solutions.

The installation consists of ETC ColorSource dimmers with Prolights and Strand LED luminaires controlled from an ETC Ion control desk. The audio system consists of Martin Audio Blackline speakers and Crown amplifiers driven from an Allen and Heath digital mixing console enabling control from anywhere in the space via a network connection or App.

There is a comprehensive facility panel infrastructure in the main theatre and studio/rehearsal space, show relay and paging backstage and front of house and an Extron AV control system.