Saffron Hall Auditorium
Saffron Walden County High School

Client Saffron Walden County High School
Location Saffron Walden
Size New Auditorium 2802m2
Value £9.5m
Status Complete

We feel privileged to have been commissioned with this project, to create a £10 million state-of-the-art Auditorium for an audience of 730, offering world-class facilities unrivalled in the state education system.

The replacement of the existing large school hall with the new Auditorium, serves this Academy School in further developing its students’ musical, artistic and drama skills. It also serves the community with commercial performances by non-school linked organisations.

The Auditorium can be used as a traditional school hall but is also designed to be transformed for use as a theatre or for music performances. In the theatre mode it can be arranged in the form of a traditional proscenium theatre or as a theatre in the round; in the music mode for orchestral and choral performances with the floor opened to create a large orchestra pit.

The acoustics are designed to accommodate a wide range of requirements to a quality suitable for recording purposes. The building includes an entrance foyer and bar mingling areas along with additional educational and administrative facilities.

Saffron Hall wins 'Design through Innovation' and 'Project of the Year' at the RICS East of England Awards 2014
The judges said of the scheme, "Saffron Hall provides a first class (if not world class) concert hall in what is a conventional high school. Once inside, you would never guess that you were in a school hall; with state-of-the-art equipment and adjustable acoustics, this progressive project represents exactly what the RICS East of England Property Awards are about."

Please click HERE to read an article on Saffron Hall published in The Association of British Theatre Technicians’ Sightline Magazine.

  • Regional Winner, Civic Trust Awards 2015
  • Highly Commended, RICS National Awards 2014, ‘Design through Innovation’
  • Finalist, RICS National Awards 2014, ‘Project of the Year’
  • Winner, RICS East of England Awards 2014, ‘Design through Innovation’ and ‘Project of the Year’

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