The new £25m Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is the principal venue for entertainment in Aylesbury and the surrounding area.
The 1200 seat hall offers a space for all performance types, from touring opera, to dance and pop concerts. There is also a smaller 200 seat function suite for community events and small scale drama and music.
Arup achieved acoustic flexibility in the main hall by using a ‘Carmen’ electroacoustic enhancement system. At the flick of a switch, the system can recreate optimal acoustic conditions desirable for ballet, opera or classical concerts. It also retains a completely natural sound for both the audience and performers.
Arup's recommendation to use the 'Carmen' system meant that a smaller building was required, reducing construction and maintenance costs for the client.