Cheltenham Ladies' College, Parabola Arts Centre

Cheltenham, UK

When Cheltenham Ladies' College decided to extend their facilities to include a new auditorium, they decided to purchase a nearby grade II* listed villa, Bayshill House. Because of the historic nature of the building, the college's plans were referred to English Heritage who responded enthusiastically to the project. The auditorium is primarily intended for the spoken word, but can also present singing and musical performances. An elevator can be positioned at orchestra pit level for additional seating, stage level for an enlarged performance space, or to move pianos and scenery.  An innovative tension wire grid provides safe access to lighting systems, allowing pupils to participate in technical work while maximizing the potential of the auditorium’s flexibility. It is also designed with extra space in the technical gallery and control rooms so teaching can take place here.

Cheltenham Ladies' College, Parabola Arts Centre
Credit: Phil Harvey
Credit: James Brittain
Credit: James Brittain
Owner

Cheltenham Ladies' College

Architect

Foster Wilson Architects

Acoustician

Paul Gillieron Acoustic Design

Users

Cheltenham Ladies' College, local, regional, and touring groups

Seat count

325

Construction type

Mixed

Theatre type

Educational, Multipurpose theatre

Services

Concept design, theatre equipment design and specification

Completion

2009

Venue website

parabolaartscentre.co.uk/about...

Credit: Tom Cronin/Foster Wilson Architects
Credit: Tom Cronin/Foster Wilson Architects
Cheltenham Ladies' College, Parabola Arts Centre
Credit: Tom Cronin/Foster Wilson Architects

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