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Battersea Arts Centre recovers from fire – Acoustic banners

After the terrible blaze at Battersea Arts Centre in 2015 destroyed much of the building infrastructure and the roof of the Grand Hall Theatreplan and Acousticians Gillerion Scott were tasked with engineering a viable acoustic solution for the Grand Hall.

Image Battersea Arts Centre recovers from fire – Acoustic banners
  • 01-Apr-2019

After the terrible blaze at Battersea Arts Centre in 2015 destroyed much of the building infrastructure and the roof of the Grand Hall Theatreplan and Acousticians Gillerion Scott were tasked with engineering a viable acoustic solution for the Grand Hall.

Eighteen VariRoller banners were purchased by Centre Stage Engineering who carried out the installation in the roof space of The Grand Hall prior to fitting the intricate decorative lattice roof structure designed by architects Haworth Tompkins. As the banners had to be installed before the final ‘dirty works’ were completed they were designed to allow the acoustic fabric to be wrapped and protected, the protective covers only being removed when the project was completed.

Centre Stage Engineering took on the wider role of manufacturing the extensive stage machinery that, along with the acoustic banners, allows the Grand Hall to morph between a variety of uses, each with their own specific technical demands, the acoustic banners aiding this by giving the ultimate flexibility to absorb, echo and reverb as required.

Darren Green, Project Manager for Centre Stage Engineering explains that “Triple E offer a turnkey solution – from design service through to delivery of the product ready to install. This comprehensive service allows a seamless working relationship between Triple E and the theatre consultant for each project. The team at Triple E are very accommodating and good communicators which helps us to achieve our collective goals for each bespoke design.”

Jack Champion, Head of Production and Technical at Battersea Arts Centre, is delighted with the outcome of the VariRoller installation in the Grand Hall. “These variable acoustic banners have enabled us to open up the Grand Hall to a variety of different performances and events that otherwise we would not have been able to access. The VariRoller system has a brought a new versatility to the Grand Hall… they allow us to totally change the acoustics of a very large space with the touch of a button.

“Triple E are reliable, approachable and professional. They offer products which are well made and well supported, and they have a great approach to problem-solving in order to ensure the overall aim of the project is delivered. It makes this kind of complex installation all the easier from an end client perspective.”

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