Theatres. Planning Guidance for Design and Adaptation by Roderick Ham

By Roderick Ham

The necessity for individuals to celebration and luxuriate in dwell leisure exists in each tradition. No urban, city or university is whole with no its locations of meeting. the shape that those constructions takes varies drastically, yet all of them have definite ideas in universal, no matter what their scale and whether they're new structures or conversions or refurbishment of outdated premises.

Drawing on a wealth of craftsmanship, this illustrated publication, produced along side the organization of British Theatre Technicians, examines intimately each one functionality and requirement of a theatre development and provides technical suggestions on reaching the simplest effects

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Neverthe- cautions are taken. ) handle. Changes of surface level and modelling of the surfaces will provide acoustic diffusion, which or more is desirable. If seats are set out on a circular or part circular is advantageous. ) are necessary to risers may cause focusing of sound. The risers are be effective, and they are better arranged in a shielded to some extent by the audience and the random pattern. backs of seats, which reduce the sound reflected from them, but as an added precaution they should Balcony overhangs be covered with a sound-absorbing material.

5in. ï TT maximum number of risers in single flight 16 PLAN t i ramps: 1:12 max. slope 2000mm/79in. min. headroom number of risers in each of two flights without a turn not to exceed 16 44 Theatres 6:2. Section through escape stairs for the public 6:3. Escape staircase 280mm/11in. minimum É* ^t 280mm/11in. minimum t 180mm/7in. maximum I I clear width between doors must be minimum required for I exit purposes guardrail to recess on exit route radiator recessed to avoid obstruction > 180mm/7in. maximum required width of exit measured inside handrails open well staircase protection 1100mm/44in.

Tip-up seats to be actuated by weights A A « i ^ permanent seating to be fixed firmly to floor E j *^=—il· LE4. ). See Table 7:1 F For normal maximum distance of seat from gangway, see Table 7:1. ) wide seats per row Gangway both sides Gangway one side 14 16 18 20 22 7 8 9 10 11 Seating layout and safety regulations 47 Continental seating 7:2. e. rows in which there are more than twenty-two seats. It has been used in many theatres on the mainland of Europe, particularly in Germany, but only more recently has it been permitted by some English licensing authorities.

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