We act as the acoustic specialists for the refurbishment of the well-known Lighthouse, Poole’s centre for the arts. We work alongside award winning architect Design Engine, to assist in the £5.3 million refurbishment of the iconic building, Britain’s largest regional arts centre.
With project management from the Sweett Group, we are responsible for significant improvements made to the foyer, function room, the Concert Hall and the studio theatre. The project will also improve the environmental efficiencies of Lighthouse resulting in a projected saving of up to five per cent in utility bills.
Having secured a large scale grant of £4 million from the Arts Council and £650,000 from Borough of Poole, construction work on the project will be in two phases, the first of which is expected to start in July and the second in June 2016.
“Sustainable Acoustics looks at the whole picture and includes factors such as comfort levels, the environmental impact of the materials specified, the likely social impacts of the scheme and the potential to develop a positive soundscape by amplifying positive and natural sounds, whilst also managing the negative effects of noise sources and vibration”. Peter Rogers (Managing Director, Sustainable Acoustics)”
We have completed our involvement in the first two phases of refurbishment at the Lighthouse Centre for the Arts in Poole, Dorset. The project has resulted in significant improvements in the sound insulation and room acoustic in many of the supporting spaces surrounding the concert hall and theatre in this iconic 1970’s building. A ‘baseline’ detailed acoustic study of the concert hall, involving survey work, audience and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s members’ questionnaires has established future improvements to the Concert Hall acoustic as and when funding becomes available.
The relaunch was celebrated with an opening night at the Sherling Theatre – the transformed black box studio theatre designed in the round. A champagne and canape reception was followed by a fabulous new theatre production “Archipelago” by Caridad Svich. The acoustic in the studio supported a clear and bright poetry dialogue, whilst maintaining warmth and an acoustically intimate setting.