Triple E banners for Battersea Arts Centre
Tuesday, 2 April 2019
triple-eTriple E’s VariRollers in the roof of the Grand Hall at Battersea Arts Centre
UK - The fire at Battersea Arts Centre in 2015 sent shockwaves through the local community and the performing arts sector. However, fast forward four years and Battersea Arts Centre has been rebuilt and reopened with the fire contributing a notable and visible chapter to the venue’s colourful history and the overall look of the venue’s re-design.
Acousticians Gillerion Scott required variable acoustics to serve the wide programme of events planned for the Grand Hall of Battersea Arts Centre. Theatre consultants Theatreplan had the task of engineering a solution and explored possible product options with Triple E whose roller banner solution emerged as the most practicable solution. The design and manufacturing challenge was not insignificant but was one readily taken on by Triple E.
“One of our areas of expertise is the provision of variable acoustic solutions,” explains David Edelstein. “And so when Theatreplan approached us we were excited to be part of this important rebuild project in South West London.”
Roger Fox, director of theatre consultants Theatreplan comments, “Theatreplan became involved with Battersea Arts Centre just as the rebuild got underway following the devastating fire of 2015. A major part of this rebuild was developing the roof structure and fitting all the technical elements, including a requirement for variable acoustics, into a tight roof environment. Triple E's VariRollers seemed the answer and we were delighted to work alongside Triple E as we are well aware of their ingenuity and their willingness, and capabilities when it comes to working in challenging and unusual spaces.”
The VariRoller banners were purchased by Centre Stage Engineering who carried out the complex installation in the roof space of Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall. All of the work had to be carried out prior to the fitting of the intricate decorative lattice roof structure designed by architects Haworth Tompkins.
Jack Champion, head of production and technical at Battersea Arts Centre reports, “These variable acoustic banners have enabled us to open up the Grand Hall to a variety of different performances and events that otherwise we would not have been able to access. The VariRoller system has brought a new versatility to the Grand Hall and we are now seeing events as diverse as youth beatbox shows to live TV filming, swing bands and straight plays. They allow us to totally change the acoustics of a very large space with the touch of a button."
(Jim Evans)

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