Project Description

Project Value: £275,000

With Kier Construction as main contractor, this scheme involved the refurbishment of the grade 2 listed original Odeon theatre in Chester to produce a mixed use 800 seat theatre, cinema and library. Our joinery scope comprised the design, supply and installation of bespoke slatted acoustic wall panelling to the theatre auditorium: an intricate design of triangular slatted, fire rated and stained acoustic panels, curved balustrade linings and cappings and panels to steel staircases and balustrades. By far our biggest challenge here was to create the acoustic panelling pattern from the design brief of using birch plywood slatted panels while maintaining the class B absorption requirement. Every triangular panel was different, each one requiring its own drawing. In the art deco Odeon foyer we were required to match a photograph provided to us of the same space in the 1920s, in particular the curved veneered panelling to the staircase. Through samples and mock ups we were able to ensure the finished linings matched the art deco aesthetic whilst also adhering to modern day building standards for fire retardancy.

The project was a great success and shortly after its completion was rewarded with the regional RIBA award.