The House

Client: Plymouth University

Architect: Burwell Deakins

BREEAM: Excellent

This £4m, 1500m² Plymouth University Performing Arts Centre provides flexible theatre accommodation for both teaching purposes and as a professional performance venue. The main auditorium provides 250 bleacher seats and a full theatre technical installation and can also operate in flat floor mode, with a capacity of over 900 for music concerts.

The entire building, including the large auditorium, is naturally ventilated, and the design of this proved to be very challenging. However, our experience in natural ventilation and building physics allowed us to develop a scheme with the architect and design team which met this brief within an elegant architectural form.