Venue Design

Venue Design
The Site

The admitted site is to facilitate a multipurpose cultural and entertainment venue catering for the intended city and surrounding regional communities in the East Midlands. Its diverse requirements of professional music, theatre performances, sport events, world and orchestral music, exhibition and conferences demand a highly flexible space where a number of floor configurations in one area can be arranged to suit any performance. This innovative and economical design has characteristically three tiered levels of retracting and removable seating in which not only allows for an interesting arrangement but more importantly has the capability to house exhibitions, sporting games and gives external bodies the flexibility of spatial options if required. Often in conventional venues, this type of facility would be offered in several smaller spaces to accommodate, though this cost effective and space saving economic idea meets the diverse requirements of council's wishes and allows a strong connection with the activities put on and the local community. This multifunctional space will be able to transform configurations in a rapid time allowing for different uses in the same day. In addition to the primary auditoria, the venue offers an adjustable orchestra pit and/or stage extension, large performance stage with wings, conference rooms, rehearsal rooms, green room, kitchen, bar and additional support faculty facilities.


Cox architects shoalhaven entertainment centre

Accommodate both the performance and audience being brought together

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The location for the desired venue is located on a ‘brown field site' where previous industrial plantation has contaminated the land. It unfortunately contains substances in or under the land which can prove to be potentially hazardous to human health and the environment. The initial site tests reveal that the hazards at risk on the site consist of iron-cyanide complexes, arsenic, used hydraulic oil and asbestos. Human exposure to some of these substances can be exposed by inhalation of dust or gases and contact with the soil. Leachates (liquid form pollutants) draining from the site can pollute rivers and ground water, some can be corrosive with others posing a risk to fire. This therefore has a detrimental effect on the environment and presents and eye saw from the abondent work site. Although it is considered unattractive and quite costly to clean up such a site, It is much more beneficial to redevelop such an area than expand further on unnecessary ‘Greenfield' sites, preserving the countryside.

In order of this assessment to be made, it is now compulsory under the requirements of part 2A of the Environment Protection Act (EPA) 1990 that all new and existing sites must be assessed to ensure no harm or pollution is affecting the area. Sufficient action must be taken to ensure it is made safe and is the landowner or original pollutes responsibility for cleaning the site.


To ascertain the correct procedure of extracting specific matters from the soil, a number of factors have to be considered and condone the amount of extraction needed for that particular site. Essentially the type of contamination, the physical circumstances of the site, ongoing site use and the regulatory requirements are all factors considered before an extraction process. To relate to the given site, it is important to note that the area is located on a flood plain and therefore using a ‘dig and dump' technique of extracting the soil completely from the site will further lower the building below the adjacent river line 130m away, in turn further adding to the hazard. However, a large reduction and often completely destroyed contamination can be obtained by treating or washing the soil on site. There are fundamentally four courses of action consisting of water, chemical, acid and solvent extraction. Chemical washing does not destroy the wastes but is a means of separating hazardous contaminants from the sediments often physically separating the course and fine particles first to refine the extracting process further.

Acid extraction uses hydrochrolic acid to extract heavy metal contaminants from the soils and solvent extraction is a more organic solution to chemical extraction often combining other measures such as solidification, stabilization, incineration and soil washing depending on the site conditions. A combination of these techniques will be used on the permitted site to enable for a safe climate for both human and environmental conditions.

The building


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