Butterworth Hall - Warwick Arts Center

University of Warwick

Coventry UK

My colleagues in the Philharmonia Orchestra are delighted with the acoustic qualities of the reengineered hall. The players can hear each other across the platform and can feel the bloom to the sound generated by the acoustical properties of the Hall. From the audience the sound picture is warm, well balanced and built on a clear bass line. The sound from the platform fills the auditorium easily and the experience appears uniform across the Hall. To summarise, the Philharmonia Orchestra enjoy performing in the Butterworth Hall and the refurbishment, both back stage and in the Hall itself has been a great success. --David Whelton, Managing Director, Philharmonia Orchestra

Warwick Arts Centre is the largest arts centre in the Midlands, attracting around 280,000 visitors a year to over 2,000 individual events. We provided design for acoustics, stage lifts, adjustable acoustics mechanisms, theatre grid, sound and lighting for the centre's concert hall. Part of our design work was to accommodate the different programming needs of unamplified and amplified music, speeches, meetings, and presentations. Previously, the hall had a single, fixed acoustic that favored unamplified music. Adjustable acoustics significantly improve the acoustics of the room for amplified sound so that the hall truly supports both orchestral and amplified music.

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    Architects Design Partnership

  • Construction Cost

    £6.9 million

Project Scope
Stage Systems
Theatre Planning
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