The Welsh Chapel and Minister’s House Performing Arts Centre is a refurbishment of buildings, located on Shaftesbury Avenue, in London’s West End. The aim is to restore the buildings to their original form while developing them into a performing arts space and brasserie/bar.
The building will have dual function; a performing space and bar/brasserie. The aim is for the performance space to be a flexible creative space, rather than a ‘theatre’ in the traditional sense. The wish of the client is to restore the building to its former beauty, to strip back layers of damage done over the years, while developing its functionality in order for it to be a living, usable space again. The services design is being designed to be sensitive to the aims of the project, making best use of existing architecture to compliment the building services and environmental design. Efficient ventilation will be provided via a displacement system to the main spaces which will provide minimum fresh air provisions directly to the occupants, inducing air at low level and providing occupant comfort. Low energy underfloor heating will efficiently provide comfort to occupants in the main space. Low energy lighting strategies will be provided to further minimise energy use.