The Theatre Royal Modernisation
Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation
Software used: Advance Steel
Project site: Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Steel Design & Drawing office: TSI Structures Ltd.
Architect: Tim Foster Architects
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Main Contractor: R.G Carter Ltd

Project description:
Modernisation of the Theatre included extending the auditorium circle by 3 meters and reshaping to allow lighting engineers to operate from continuation of circle to sides of the stage. Strengthening of the existing structure & entrance façade had to take place to allow the installation of a continuous steel balcony with back light advertising boards and canopy. Duck penetration steelwork was installed at many levels to allow the state of art ventilation systems to be installed.
Finally load arrest beams were erected in the crawl space above the auditorium dome ceiling for the support of lighting rigs to be mechanically lowered and adjusted to suit the current performance; loads arrest beams' secondary function is for the performers to link onto for high level wire work during some of the specialist shows.

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Advance Steel's ability to easily add user defined sections into the data base was of great importance as most of the existing auditorium structure was either large plated girders over 3 meters or 1930's iron work riveted beams.

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

Creation for the hand railing beams was only possible thanks to Advance steel's ability to transfer ACAD poly lines into curved and faceted beams, as the architect had only give a single outline of the circle in 2D. Using the offset command and polar array combined with Advance Steel's, shorten at UCS and UCS at object were vital.

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK

The Theatre Royal Modernisation; Norwich, Norfolk, UK