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Burwell Deakins raises curtain on Cornish drama centre

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[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Burwell Deakins: Architects has completed this £15.4 million performance centre for University College Falmouth at its Tremough campus in Penryn, Cornwall

The practice, which has recently changed its name from Nicholas Burwell Architects to recognise the increasing role of William Deakins, landed the 4,100m2 project in July 2008 after seeing off a competition shortlist which included BDP, Aedas, Alec French Architects and HLM.

Sitting in the grounds of the Grade II-listed Tremough House, the naturally ventilated building is arranged around a three-storey gallery and houses teaching and performing space for drama, music, dance and choreography.

The 20-strong Deptford firm collaborated on the BREEAM Excellent-rated project with Exeter-based Grainge Architects,

Project data

RIBA Stage A - D: Burwell Deakins Architects (previously Nicholas Burwell Architects). 
RIBA Stage E - L: Design and Build, with Burwell Deakins Architects acting as client’s advisers, and Grange Architects as executive architects. 

Tremough Campus
Treliever Road
Cornwall TR10 9EZ

Type of Project: 
Bespoke facilities for the teaching and performance of music, theatre, dance and choreography, for the Department of Performance University college Falmouth

Structural Engineers:
Airey and Coles Consulting Engineers

Design Director   - Nicholas Burwell - Burwell Deakins Architects
Project Architect - Thomas Teggin - Burwell Deakins Architects
Executive Architect - Ben Emmett  - Grange Architects

Tremough Development Vehicle

South West Regional Development Agency
Higher Education Funding Council
EU Convergence
University College Falmouth
Dartington College of Arts

Tender date:
November 2008

Start on site date:
March 2009

Contract duration:
74 weeks

Gross internal floor area:

Form of contract and/or procurement: 

Total cost:   
£15.4million (excluding infrastructure)
M&E consultant: 
Hoare Lea

Project Manager:
Turner and Townsend Project Management Limited

Quantity surveyor:
Gardener & Theobald

Planning supervisor:
Turner and Townsend Management Solutions Limited

Lighting consultant: 
Stage Electrics Bristol

Recording Studio design:
Veale Associates Limited

Main contractor: 

Selected subcontractors and suppliers:
Dance floors - Harlequin floors
Theatre lighting - Whitelight
Stone waling - Trevisquite Contracting

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