Sevenoaks Performing Arts Centre

Tim Ronalds Architects, Kent, 2010


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External view of gable end of auditorium 

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  • External view of gable end of auditorium    
  • View from the south-east    
  • Entrance canopy    
  • Large glazing allows for natural daylighting    
  • Combination of brickwork, steel frame and timber structure    
  • Foyer space with triple-height space    
  • The spaces are made-up of a combination of different volumes joined together    
  • Recital room. All windows were purpose-made    
  • The auditorium has no acoustic treatment    
  • A drama studio with dark-stained fire-treated birch plywood wall panels    
  • Site plan    
  • Entrance-level plan    
  • Lower-ground-floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Roof plan    
  • Long section    
  • Section through auditorium    
  • Section through foyer    
  • Hall section    
  • Roof detail    

Additional school facilities including a symphony orchestra sized auditorium, a recital room, drama room and teaching spaces

Constructed from hard-wearing materials of brickwork, concrete and timber, nearly all surfaces are un-finished. Designed with the philosophy that acoustic performance is regulated by geometry, architectural finishes and details, rather than by applied acoustic treatments.

Most accommodation, including the auditorium is naturally ventilated, with all habitable spaces having natural light provided by rooflights and large windows. Ground-water boreholes provide cooling and solar heating for hot water.

The building is articulated as a set of volumes, the auditorium being the main volume. A pitch-roofed, barn-like structure was used for the auditorium due to the ability to incorporate natural ventilation as well as offering more scope to create intimacy.

The structure is a combination of in-situ concrete, steel columns and timber rafters.


  • Begun: Aug 2008
  • Completed: Mar 2010
  • Floor area: 2,730m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £8.9M
  • Procurement: JCT standard with quantities
  • CO2 Emissions: 3400kg/m2/year
  • Address: Sevenoaks School, Sevenoaks , Kent, TN13 1HU, United Kingdom

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