Sir Robert McAlpine




Millennium Centre


This project extended the already acclaimed Donald Gordon Theatre in the Wales Millennium Centre and comprised the Hoddinott Hall and Grace Williams studio and associated backroom facilities.

Hoddinott Hall, was developed primarily as a rehearsal and recording studio, but can also seat over 300 people for a variety of musical performances and as such required world class acoustics. Sustainable sound reflecting hardwood feature panels creates the warm and generous acoustics. The hardwood feature panels had varying sizes of solid hardwood battens applied, with high level half barrel sections housing the heating and ventilation ducting. In addition there were pyramid shaped walls with curved timber lighting panels suspended from the ceiling.

All timber panels needed to be accurately positioned to provide the sound displacement to achieve the onerous acoustic requirements. The Hoddinott Hall also includes facilities for its outreach programmes and in incorporating the Grace Williams Studio has an area which can hold up to 60 people for educational workshops and rehearsals. Houston Cox installed solid oak hardwood flooring on raised battens with sound deadening insulation forming part of the overall acoustics to both studio halls.

For the high quality and innovative use of timber products, Houston Cox received the ‘Best Use of Panel Products Award’ at the Wood Awards.

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