New Auditorium – ‘Saffron Hall’

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Location: Saffron Walden

Client: Saffron Walden County High School

Project Year: 2013

Cost: Over £2m

We feel privileged to have been commissioned with this project, to create a £10 million state-of-the-art Auditorium for an audience of 730, offering world-class facilities unrivalled in the state education system and possibly in the private sector as well.

The replacement of the existing large School Hall with the new Auditorium, serves this Academy School in further developing its students’ musical, artistic and drama skills. The Auditorium also serves the community with commercial performances by non-school linked organisations.

The Auditorium is designed to be transformed for use as a theatre or for music performances. In the theatre mode it can be arranged in the form of a traditional proscenium theatre or as a theatre in the round; in the music mode for orchestral and choral performances with the floor opened to create a large orchestra pit.

The acoustics are designed to accommodate a wide range of requirements suitable for recording purposes made by the School or by outside organisations and have been highly praised by visiting performers.

The Auditorium is also designed to act as a traditional School Hall; for large assemblies, presentations and conferences. The building includes an entrance foyer and bar mingling areas along with additional educational and administrative facilities.

Saffron Hall was officially opened by Penelope Keith DBE on 30 November 2013 and since then has welcomed a number of world-class orchestras and performers who have been attracted by the quality of the building and its acoustic excellence.

AWARDS:

Regional Winner, Civic Trust Awards 2015.
Highly Commended, RICS National Awards 2014, ‘Design through Innovation’.
Finalist, RICS National Awards 2014, ‘Project of the Year’.
Winner, RICS East of England Awards 2014, ‘Design through Innovation’ and ‘Project of the Year’.
Finalist, RICS East of England Awards 2014, 'Tourism & Leisure' and 'Community Benefit'.
International Green Apple Awards for the Built Environment and Architectural Heritage 2014.

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