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The Hub - "flawless" installation at Central Sussex College

19th June 2008

Central Sussex College's Phase 1 and 2 multi million pound redevelopment of its Haywards Heath sixth form campus is now complete with an innovative new theatre space, The Hub. The Hub is an exciting new venue incorporating the most up to date facilities and state of the art equipment and is a fine example of the college's strong association with the performing arts. The space has been designed to effectively accentuate performances and students ability to perform at a professional level.

Projector & ScreenStage Electrics was responsible for the installation, bringing to life the vision of a flexible and technologically advanced space for students and their performances. The brief was to install a technical system capable of supporting a new versatile 250 seat theatre dance studio, rehearsal studio and 4 rehearsal rooms.

The key objective throughout was to allow for flexibility within the space, with technical systems in the venue designed around this. The new venue can adapt and shape to the needs of any performance from Shakespeare to rock concerts.

Along with fantastic flexibility, the technical infrastructure in the theatre is designed to offer an environment focused around learning. When you enter the theatre as a novice, the user interfaces can adapt to allow simple control of lighting and audio systems. When you leave you will be equipped with the fundamental procedures used in today's technical performance industries.

The design approach taken relies on equipment at the forefront of the technical performance industry. The venue is one of the first in the UK to boast the new Roland M400 desk and 1608 Reac devices and uses the latest console from Strand. The Classic Palette drives control of Martin automated lighting fixtures and a Zero88 Chilli dimming system.

The college is hugely impressed with the superb new facilities which are a key addition to the campus. Jonathan Goodwin, Artistic Director of The Hub comments: "Stage Electrics' project management team has been superb. Their knowledge and ability to explore creative solutions to achieve precisely what we wanted was outstanding. The technology was pushed to its limits with the opening production but with the continuing support of Stage Electrics throughout, it proved that it could withstand all that was asked of it and more. We were overjoyed to see that the aspirations and vision for this theatre were finally being realised so flawlessly."

Stage Electrics provides complete technical solutions and has extensive experience in the education sector. Experienced project management teams for any size of project from infant and secondary schools, to colleges and universities.

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