Performing Arts Centre

Client: Northampton School for Boys

The centrepiece of this 40,000ft2 project was a state of the art 400 seat theatre, complete with orchestra riser, scenery workshop and full backstage facilities.

The theatre foyer takes the form of a glazed atrium around which the remainder of the block is arranged. Accommodation includes music practice rooms, a drama studio, art rooms, and specialist ceramic and photography studios.

The theatre is also designed for community use and, unusually for school buildings, also contains a lounge with bar.

Externally, the elevations are a modern interpretation of the original schools’ neo-Georgian facades, whilst being constructed to modern environmental standards, with triple glazed windows, brise-soliel, and heavyweight, well insulated construction.