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Classical Sessions at Lewis Cubitt Square - 19 August 2016More

This summer the Kings Cross developer Argent staged three outstanding concerts at their music pavilion in Cubitt Square, just a few minutes’ walk north of the station. Classical music presenter Anthony Whitworth Jones asked Bob Essert to create an appropriate acoustical environment for these outdoor classical events, which were to use the temporary “Panarmonion” pavilion created last year by architect Lyn Atelier. Bob, Maria, Paul and Fabrizio of the SSV team devised a 2-part solution to create a warm ensemble acoustic on stage with a simple but effective sound reflecting shell and an electroacoustic enhancement system to surround the audience. We used off the shelf electronics and a few microphones and loudspeakers, which we tuned with care to create a sense of surround and envelopment, but not sounding amplified. The first concert by the London Sinfonietta playing wind ensemble music was well appreciated by both performers and audience. This adds to our experience with temporary and outdoor performance venues for classical music and the friendly accessibility of the Kings Cross cultural atmosphere. https://www.kingscross.co.uk/event/cubitt-sessions
– Bob

DESIGN + PERFORMANCE = VISION - 6 January 2016More

SOUND SPACE DESIGN AND ANNE MINORS PERFORMANCE CONSULTANTS HAVE COMBINED TO FORM SOUND SPACE VISION

This move formalises our long standing working relationship and will broaden, strengthen and deepen our work within our specialist disciplines of acoustics and theatre planning.

The new combined Sound Space Vision team will build on our success in performing arts and arts education and will broaden our reach into the built environment by combining research with artistic interpretation.

From the beginning of 2016 Sound Space Vision will be working from a new, combined office close to our previous offices in Putney.  Please visit our contact page for further details.

The AMPC legacy will continue to be represented at www.ampcstudio.com.

Please check back as we update the Sound Space Vision website with an expanded portfolio of exciting projects.

Sound Space Design RIBA Awards success 2015 - 15 July 2015More

Sound Space Design are proud to have been acting as acoustic consultant on two RIBA award winning projects this year.  Island Pavilion and Bridge, Wormsley with Robin Snell and Partners won in the south region category and follows in the success of the 2012 RIBA award winning Garsington Opera Pavilion also on the Wormsley Estate and in association with Robin Snell and Associates.

In London, The Light at Euston | Friends House, a refurbishment of the headquarters of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in Britain also won a regional award.

Please follow links in project titles to our project pages for further information, images and to read the award citations.

Royal Academy of Arts reveals redevelopment plans - 15 July 2015More

The Royal Academy of Arts recently unveiled details of the major redevelopment that will include exhibition spaces, a lecture theatre, and enhanced learning facilities.

In close collaboration with David Chipperfield Architects we have redesigned the interior of the buildings whilst  preserving the historic heritage of the listed building.

The redevelopment will be completed in 2018 just in time to mark the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary.

We’re happy and proud to be part of this history.

Please visit our project page for further project details and images, past and future.

Royal Academy of Arts Redevelopment – AJ – May 2015 – Chipperfield reveals £49.8m Royal Academy plans

Royal Academy of Arts Redevelopment – The Guardian – May 2015 – Royal Academy of Arts redevelopment plans revealed

 

In memory of Lord Attenborough….. - 18 March 2015More

Yesterday the film world, benefactors and lovers of the arts gathered in their hundreds at Westminster Abbey to remember Oscar-winning director Richard Attenborough, who died last year aged 90.

Winner of two Oscars (in 1983 for best film and best director for the epic Ghandi, which he both produced and directed), six Baftas and four Golden Globes, Lord Attenborough was awarded the CBE in 1967, knighted in 1976, and made a life peer in 1993.

2015 also sees the opening of the long awaited Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts at the University of Sussex, named in honour of the late Lord Attenborough.

Closed in 2007, this fascinating grade II listed building was designed by Sir Basil Spence with a visionary auditorium designed by Sean Kenny.  When it re-opens later this year the Attenborough Centre will bring together researchers and students from drama, music, creative writing, media, cultural studies, art history, business studies, philosophy, cognitive science, design and engineering and form a focus for both the university campus and the wider community.

In the words of the University:

 The Centre will build on the legacy associated with Lord Attenborough of liberal values, radical action, empowerment, and a passion for the humanities animated through performance, film and media.”

Sound Space Design are honoured to be acoustics consultant for this exciting and challenging project.

This impressive video flythrough was rendered by F10 Studios.

Please see our project page for further details.

The Light at Euston opens at Friends house - 12 December 2014More

Friends House, the headquarters for Quakers in Britain is now open following a £4.5 million refurbishment.

Together with architect John McAslan+Partners and Anne Minors Performance Consultants, Sound Space Design developed a refurbishment scheme for the Large Meeting House that better suits the needs of Quaker worship, conference and performance use while also improving accessibility and sustainability.   A concept was developed which works closely with the existing architecture to integrate new and old in this Grade II listed building providing flexibility for a variety of uses from theatre, lecture, banqueting and cabaret through to an exhibition setting.

The acoustical design achieves good speech intelligibility within a difficult room geometry so one can clearly hear and be heard by everyone in the room.  Sound isolation designed to mitigate traffice noise intrusion from Euston Road and rain noise on the feature rooflight were key aspects in the acoustical design.

For more information and images, please visit our project page.

BeatBox – The Music Practice Solution - 4 December 2014More

Sound Space Design and Anne Minors Performance Consultants are relaunching BeatBox to promote current availability and the release of a new promotional video.

BeatBox has proved hugely popular in exisitng locations and can be modified to suit users needs.

For further information on this and other Sound Space Design products please visit our product development page or feel free to contact us directly.

Ecclesiastical and Heritage World features two Sound Space Design refurbishment projects - 12 September 2014More

Two of Sound Space Designs successful 2013 refurbishment projects Jeanne Lamon Hall | Tafelmusik, Trinity St Pauls, Toronto and Halle St Peters, Manchester featured in a recent article in Ecclesiastical and Heritage World.

To read the feature please follow this link.

Anne Minors triumphs at First Woman Awards - 19 June 2014More

 

Sound Space Design and sister company Anne Minors Performance Consultants have been celebrating Anne Minors’ win at the First Woman Awards ceremony last Thursday in London.

Anne won the first award to be presented – First Woman in The Built Environment. The judges citation reads:

“Anne operates her business with an obvious passion and will leave a legacy that whole communities will enjoy long into the future,”

 “A true inspiration and a brilliant collaborator, Anne has grabbed opportunities – no matter how scary they may have seemed at the time – and used them to further herself and other women in the industry”

Anne sits with Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson DBE in the role of winners.  Baroness Grey-Tompson was named as 2014’s Lifetime Achievement Award Winner in recognition of her outstanding career as an athlete and role model for people with disabilities.

A full list of winners is available here.

Please visit the AMPC website for more information on Anne and her firm.