Anne Minors - principal designer
UK - Award-winning acoustics and theatre consultants, Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants have combined to form Sound Space Vision. The move formalises their long-standing working relationship and will continue to build on their success in performance, education and assembly spaces, as well as broadening their reach within the built environment.

Sound Space Vision enhances the rapport between performers and audiences, combining excellent spatial and technical design by AMPC with superb acoustics from SSD. Popular with audiences and operators, their performance environments are held in high esteem by artists. The creative, dynamic team includes specialists in acoustics, lighting, sound, stage engineering and audio-visual design to provide a complete acoustics and theatre consultancy service that touches all the senses.

Anne Minors Performance Consultants was founded in 1996, and Bob Essert established Sound Space Design in 2002. Together the companies have delivered over 100 performing arts spaces.

AMPC were performance consultants for The Royal Opera House redevelopment, Barbican Theatre BITE Festival, Wigmore Hall, Roundhouse, BT Centre and Godolphin and Latymer School in London. Zorlu Cultural Centre, Istanbul and Palace of Peace Opera House in Astana, Kazakhstan. Theatres include Hull Truck, The Egg, Bath Theatre Royal, E15 Acting School, Princess Royal Performing Arts Centre and New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth.

SSD were design acousticians on La Maison Symphonique in Montreal, Toronto Four Seasons Opera House, Dallas Winspear Opera House, Lyric Theatre Belfast and Xiqu Centre for Chinese Opera in Hong Kong as well as numerous school music and theatre buildings.

AMPC and SSD have collaborated on a string of projects including Koerner Hall at the Royal Conservatory of Music and Trinity St Paul's Church for Tafelmusik in Toronto; Zorlu Cultural Centre, Istanbul; Palace of Peace Opera House, Astana; Annette Strauss Square, Dallas; King Edward's School, Birmingham; Garsington Opera Pavilion; Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts, University of Sussex; Menuhin Hall, Surrey; Royal Academy of Arts; Institute of Engineering and Technology; Friends House in London and St Peter's Ancoats for the Halle in Manchester.

On the joining of the two firms Director Bob Essert is enthusiastic for the future: "We have been collaborating for several years, but now the synergy shared by the two companies creates a unified whole greater than the sum of the parts."

Anne Minors, principal designer adds, "There is an opportunity here to expand our remit in several areas, using our collective experience to add greater value and excellence for our clients."

(Jim Evans)

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