The oldest continuously working theatre in the English-speaking world, the Bristol Old Vic has undergone a multi-million pound redevelopment, which allows the theatre and adjoining Coopers’ Hall to become a seven-day working operation and allow the public and visitors to see the auditorium, which was built in 1776, from King Street for the first time in the theatre’s 250-year history.

Technical and Scientific Challenges


Some parts of the complex were Grade 1 & 2 Grade 2 listed whilst other parts were brand new. This presented a number of unique challenges as the finish of the installation and the control of the  environmental conditions were to remain consistent throughout. Coupled with the requirement to integrate the new and existing systems via IP integration meant that the network architecture had to be thoroughly designed to allow the seamless transfer of data throughout all parts of the building and ensure the customer experience was always maximised.


With such an intricate project and having to ensure the theatre’s day to day business could continue uninterrupted throughout the works, one of the biggest challenges was for our engineers to design the system and it’s software to allow for all eventualities during the testing and commissioning process.