Charcoalblue Consults on London's new Jewish Community Centre - JW3


Designed to create an inclusive gateway to all things Jewish, London's brand new £12 million Jewish Community Centre - JW3 - has opened its doors to offer a wealth of cultural and entertainment spaces - including a Performance Hall designed collaboratively by the project's architects, Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and theatre consultants Charcoalblue.

Modern, forward thinking and fun, the 268-seat Performance Hall has been created to provide a reconfigurable space for larger events and functions. Charcoalblue's head of technical design, Paul Franklin, advised on the design and fit out of the performance hall and oversaw the works on site during construction.


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Charcoalblue Magic Shines at The Leys School's Prestigious Great Hall


Problem-solving theatre consultancy Charcoalblue has collaborated with Bland, Brown and Cole architects to inject its bespoke brand of design sorcery to create Cambridge's The Leys School's new £9m Great Hall.

The focus of Charcoalblue's expertise is the Great Hall's new 320-seat theatre, which incorporates high-spec backstage facilities, technical infrastructure including lighting and sound equipment, a control room and workshop, storage areas and a green room. These will allow the Leys Drama Department and technical staff to operate a fully functional "teaching theatre", with pupils involved in every aspect of productions. The lower seating tier of the theatre is retractable, creating a School Hall which can comfortably seat 600 for a full assembly.


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Charcoalblue Collaborates on Visionary 'Recyclable' Performance Venue


Venue consultancy Charcoalblue has worked with long-term collaborators Haworth Tompkins Architects, in close association with the National Theatre's directors and in-house teams, to design an intimate, exciting, low-energy and sustainable temporary theatre on London's South Bank: The Shed. 

Managed for Charcoalblue by Senior Partner Jon Stevens, the project was designed in under six months and built in eight: "This forward-thinking experimental building will serve as a temporary and flexible space during the closure of the Cottesloe Theatre, which is undergoing major refurbishment before reopening as the Dorfman Theatre in Spring 2014 as part of the National Theatre Future project."


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Charcoalblue's Managing Partner made Companion of LIPA


Forward-thinking theatre design consultancy Charcoalblue's Managing Partner Andy Hayles has been made a Companion of the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Hayles was awarded the honour - an accolade given for outstanding achievement in the performing arts, and practical contribution to students' learning - by Sir Paul McCartney at LIPA's summer 2013 graduation ceremony. 'It's been my privilege to contribute to the fantastic Theatre and Performance Technology Course at LIPA over the last few years. Not only are the students highly motivated, but Richard Redrop the course director has woven a fantastic series of seminars together covering auditoria design, acoustics and emerging technology. I am very proud to be play a small part is the course's success!'


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