Working closely with Vivark Limited and local architects K2 on the ‘Build Unity Better’ project, we were asked to design, manufacture and install a solar shading system as part of an extensive refurbishment to Unity Theatre, one of Liverpool’s most loved theatres. The premier theatre located in the heart of Liverpool, close to the river Mersey first opened its doors back in the 1930’s and was originally refurbished around sixty-eight years later in 1998. Nineteen years on and their 90’s refurbishment needed a face-lift. Unity Theatre had three key objectives they wanted to achieve during their 2017 refurb.
- Create a world class audience experience to be enjoyed by all
Unity Theatre: “We will make the building more welcoming, and ensure it still feels irredeemably Unity.”
- Become a greener and more sustainable organisation
Unity Theatre: “Too hot or too cold? We want to control our heating better to be more energy efficient and make sure Unity is environmentally friendly and a comfortable place to be. These updates will help Unity invest in great new shows rather than utility bills!”
- Support artists in imagining, exploring & creating new work
Unity Theatre: “Our two theatres can’t be used at the same time because of sound issues. We’ll sort this, and update our equipment to make sure we continue to have world class facilities. For audiences this will mean more thrilling shows and more work made in Liverpool.”
Our design team stepped up to the mark, aiming to hit the first two specified objectives. To fulfil the first objective, we aimed to create a unique and dramatically striking external building façade, worthy of theatrical applause, immersing Unity Theatre audiences into the ‘unity experience’ before even entering the building. This award-winning theatre is steeped in history and we wanted to provide a solar shading system that would maintain the integrity of the buildings features, whilst emphasising and celebrating the distinctive character of this renowned organisation.
Unity theatres second objective to become a greener and more sustainable company is where our systems shine, taking fully recyclable and corrosion resistant aluminium alloy, we designed Unity Theatre’s brise soleil to ensure maximum functionality, transforming the building into an energy efficient hub. Not only reducing those unwanted and often expensive heating and air-conditioning bills, but also allowing the theatre to concentrate their finances and efforts on what they do best, putting on an amazing show!