Projects in

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

Clinical Skills Centre

Edge Hill University Medical School

The new Medical School The new Medical School is one of only three new free-stan .. read more

Cooperative Academy Manchester

Co-operative Academy Manchester, UK

This project completed the `total transformation of the
school from one of the worst .. read more

University of Greenwich C4

This project involved the conversion and refurbishment of a derelict building, former .. read more

Salford University New Adelphi

New Adelphi is a landmark building that is the focus for arts and culture on campus. .. read more

Edge Hill University Tech Hub

The £13.5M Edge Hill Technology Hub is a combination of new and refurbished, high-qu .. read more

Holme Grange School

Holme Grange School is an independent school for girls and boys aged 3-16 years. It o .. read more

Centre for Creative Industries

Sheffield College, UK

The £8.8 million three-storey Centre for Creative Industries now extends the existin .. read more

Sheffield College, UK

The £8.8 million three-storey Centre for Creative Industries now extends the existing Sheffield College Hillsborough campus, and houses a new theatre, three drama studios, two dance studios, television studio, photography studio, music and radio studios.

Creative industries specialisms offered at the College include art and design, graphic design, games development, media, music, journalism, dance and drama, and photography. Courses previously located at Norton campus, which closed in the summer, have moved across to the new building.

The College has strong connections with industry and employers will support the curriculum. The performing arts curriculum is being developed with support from Sheffield Theatres. A new course is being offered in technical theatre.

Drama by Design worked with the architect on the design and layout of the building and carried out the design and specification of all the specialist spaces as well as monitoring the works to completion.

The main theatre space was equipped with a tension wire grid at high level over the whole area allowing completely safe high level access for rigging and focussing the stage lighting equipment mounted on internally wired bars above the grid. An LED stage lighting system was provided together with a new sound system, a screen and high power projector. Infrastructure was also provided from the theatre to all the other spaces to audio and video to be distributed around the building for replay and recording.

The drama and dance studios were all equipped with internally wired lighting grids with LED luminaires, perimeter curtain tracks and audio and video facility panels.

In the TV Studio a rail system was installed at high level with friction pantographs suspended from it on wheeled trolleys allowing the studio lights to be easily moved to different positions. Black, white and Chromakey curtains were installed around the perimeter of the studio.

A custom built control desk was provided in the TV studio gallery incorporating the College’s existing equipment wired through a new audio and video matrix.  A comprehensive facility panel and patch bay installation allows equipment to be connected at various locations around the studio and around the College.

The recording studio utilised the College’s existing equipment connected to new infrastructure linking the recording studios and practice rooms, which also incorporated a talkback system.