Bristol Grammar Performing Art Centre

The development at the high profile school, on the edge of important conservation areas, features a new build auditorium, with high level galleries on each side, a large foyer, a dance studio, scenery dock behind the stage area and associated plant and welfare facilities. In addition, the scheme includes the complete refurbishment of existing adjoining class rooms and the existing, smaller school theatre into a dedicated music performance area.

The state of the art facilities have a steel frame founded on deep mass concrete foundations. A concrete roof gives excellent acoustic insulation and provides an ideal platform for photo voltaic panels to generate solar power.  The frame is clad with a mix of high quality architectural materials, structural glass walls and natural stone.

Clarkebond engineers providing civil, structural and geo-environmental services on the project had to overcome a number of challenges and developed a simple cost effective design satisfying all architectural aspirations. A WW2 air raid shelter has been bridged over and retained as a teaching aid. The substructure design accommodates the two meters of made ground placed many years ago to level the site and accommodates the 2 metre slope at the edge of this made ground without the need for retaining walls. A seamless interface between the old and new buildings has also been developed.