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Howden Park Centre, Livingston

Howden Park CentreWe were part of the winning team on this exciting project to transform this centre for theatre and arts in West Lothian. The original proposal was to rebuild the existing theatre but the architects' winning design involved building a new theatre in the courtyard, retaining the existing buildings as studio theatre space.

Howden Park CentreWith three theatres in the same building all sharing a single loading bay and backstage facilities, achieving good sound insulation was crucial. This was achieved through a combination of partition and door selection, good detailing and space allocation, as well as making sure the ventilation system could not provide a route for sound to travel between the three spaces.

Whereas the main auditorium, which seats almost 300 had a fairly traditional layout, the dance studio was required to be more flexible as its use varies from drama, through to dance and choir. This was achieved through use of curtains and some absorption at high level within the space. The West Lothian Youth Theatre to the rear of the building provides a smaller flexible drama space, linked directly to other youth and staff facilities.

Howden Park CentreThis stunning new arts venue, which opened for business in spring 2009, also boasts a gallery, meeting facilities, an art studio, pottery studio, a restaurant and several other studio spaces.

Architects: Nicoll Russell Studios
Photography: Keith Hunter

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