project details

Client
St Edmundsbury Borough Council

Architect
Hopkins Architects Ltd.

Theatre Consultants
Carr & Angier

Acoustics Consultant
Threshold Acoustics
Kirkegaard Associates (AV/Noise Control)

Photographer
Morley von Sternberg

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The Apex

A thick bearing wall of handmade brick was planned for the enclosure of this 500-seat music and banquet space but the constricted site left little room for air and electrical shafts to serve the venue. The unlikely approach of creating voids in the walls for air and wiring yielded invisible routes for these services while narrowing the room acoustically (a very good thing), stiffening the structure, and improving isolation.

The neighbors appreciate that isolation when the garage bands come to play, while the lovely sound of the brick is gaining high praise from musicians all across the spectrum.