Carnegie Theatre & Arts Centre

Case Study

The Carnegie Theatre in Workington is a grade II listed building linked to an Arts Centre. The building officially opened as a lecture hall in 1904, becoming a theatre in 1911 and also operating as a cinema until 1958. It has a traditional proscenium arch and 306 seating capacity.

Carnegie Friends logo
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Design Requirement

In 2012 when the theatre wanted to upgrade its seating, Evertaut worked closely with the theatre manager to provide an alternative solution to the existing layout. Seat spacing and wheelchair access was reviewed to ensure the new seating plan reflected audience needs.

The client requested that the number of rows in the stalls be reduced in order to improve seat spacing whilst Evertaut proposed that the floor to the front of the theatre be levelled out for wheelchair access. In the circle we proposed that the steps were made wider to accommodate the larger seat spacing.

Thomas Armstrong Constuction were the preferred contractor and were commissioned for the job.

Manufacturing

The chairs were manufactured in a more upright position than a standard chair to aid leg room and better viewing angles. Handrails were also made for fitting to row C to comply with building control.

Seating plan at Carnegie Theatre

Installation

Evertaut’s skilled fitters worked on site alongside Thomas Armstrong Construction and completed the installation within the agreed timescale.

View from back of Carnegie Theatre looking across seating towards stage
View from front of Carnegie Theatre auditorium looking up at seating

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