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Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre

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Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre

Location: Cambridge
Architect: Haworth Tompkins
Client: Perse School
Structural engineer: Price & Myers
Main contractor: RG Carter
Joinery: Constructional Timber
Wood supplier: Pollmeier
Theatre consultant & acoustic engineer: Charcoalblue
Services engineer: Skelly & Couch
Quantity surveyor: AECOM
Design & detailing: Arndt Design
Wood species: German beech

Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre includes a 400-seat auditorium, full back-of-house facilities and an adaptable foyer that encompasses new exhibition and rehearsal spaces. The warmth, stability, and acoustic benefits offered by timber have been exploited throughout. Pale timber was specified for the foyer space which accentuates the large amount of natural daylight which floods through the glazing. Timber is once again used throughout the auditorium but in contrast to the foyer it is a rich, dark timber-lined space providing an intimate room which wraps the audience around the performers. The triple-height glazed foyer space with its timber diagrid roof is a key element of the design. The roof uses BauBuche beams and central steel nodes to hide all connections.