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Hurstpierpoint College Performing Arts Centre

Shortlisted 2020
Education & Public Sector

Location – West Sussex
Architect – Burrell Foley Fischer
Client – Hurstpierpoint College
Structural engineer – Price & Myers
Main contractor – MCS Construction
Joinery & wood supplier – KLH UK
Species – Austrian spruce

This flexible courtyard theatre is suited to a wide variety of performances. With a capacity for 700 people, the new facility allows for the entire school to meet in one place. Unlike a traditional theatre with an obvious entrance foyer and front-of-house, the new building can be approached from various vantages around the school. The building has a brick and cedar clad external envelope with a standing seam zinc roof. The three-storey superstructure is predominantly formed of an exposed CLT and glulam frame. The full height central auditorium is surrounded by single-storey ancillary accommodation and entrance foyer. The main auditorium is constructed out of glulam columns supporting perimeter gallery levels and glulam roof trusses at regular centres. The glulam trusses span the full width of the auditorium and provide essential support for lighting rigs, technical equipment and access decks.