Double height extension
Design and Build Contractor: Kent Structures Limited
Structural Engineer: Gyoury Self Partnership
Project: Double height auditorium
This project was a double height extension to the school’s Sixth Form Centre to create a theatre with seating for up to 250 people.
The theatre was designed to provide a performance space for their drama and music students, as well as a lecture venue and a display area for exhibitions.
The extension is a steel frame construction infilled with Durisol 365 units. The contractor chose to build with Durisol due to the tight time frame for construction, which necessitated a swift build.
Also, the building required soundproofing, so Durisol’s acoustic performance was a deciding factor. The considerable concrete mass in the Durisol wall system combined with appropriate finishes delivers an excellent reduction in sound transmission.
As the contractor was new to Durisol, we provided training on-site to ensure a smooth build. The completed theatre was handed over to the school in April 2021.
The new theatre includes:
- Seating for up to 300
- Double-height auditorium
- A multi-use stage area
- State of the art sound, lighting and projection facilities
- Access to the reception, changing facilities and toilets in the Sixth Form Centre
- Extensive storage facilities
- High-quality ventilation and soundproofing