Arup designs acoustics for new Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium

02 August 2016

As part of Swansea University’s Bay Campus extension, the Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium was recently completed. The building was internally designed by professional services firm Arup, which sought to create a multipurpose space, both physically and acoustically.

The Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium, Swansea University, was recently officially opened by HRH the Prince of Wales. The new auditorium provides a multi-purpose space for around 700 people. The project is part of the University’s wider Bay Campus expansion, and creates a “fitting expression of the University’s creative and cultural ambitions.”

The new space was designed by Powell Dobson Architects. Arup, in collaboration with the architects, property developer St. Modwen and contractor Mac Interiors, was commissioned by Swansea University to develop the auditorium’s acoustic and building services design. The firm aimed to develop the space into one which could meet a range of different functions from concerts, to exams, fresher’s fairs, and exhibitions.

Arup designs acoustics for new Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium

In addition to creating a flexible space, the firm was also tasked with developing the interior’s acoustic environment. The acoustic design, including its technical systems, provide a rich sound for everything from chamber orchestras and choral performances with the new classical organ, through to contemporary music.

Ian Knowles, Acoustics and Venues, Arup, says, “Arup is committed to delivering excellent spaces that delight users and inspire creativity. We are very proud of our work with Swansea University. The Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium is another fine example of our ability to create great spaces for performance and congregation.”

Prof Iwan Davies, Senior Pro Vice Chancellor, Swansea University, adds, “The Great Hall is at the heart of our new campus and is a central hub for students, staff and visitors, to come together to celebrate not just science and innovation but also culture and arts in a truly magnificent auditorium.”

Earlier this year, Arup advised on the development of the New Theatre in Lucerne as a multi-purpose theatre and, similar to the Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium, sought to create a malleable performance space designed to give multiple theatrical disciplines the flexibility to use the space as seen fit and in order to serve their independent artistic expressions.


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