The dramatically re-modelled reception foyer of Cardiff’s recently refurbished Sherman Cymru Theatre is using bespoke ‘Forma’ stainless steel column casings, which were supplied and installed by Encasement to conceal structural steelwork and enhance the venue’s new contemporary interior design.
The £6.5 million transformation project, which was part funded by a £3.9 million capital lottery grant from The Arts Council of Wales was designed by Capita Symonds Architecture’s Jonathan Adams, who also designed the landmark Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay.
Taking just 18 months to complete, the extensive project involved the modernisation of public areas and installation of new seating in Sherman Cymru’s two theatres, together with the redevelopment of the foyer and the refurbishment of backstage areas, the theatre reopened in early 2012.
The curved design of the theatre’s main entrance and expansive new foyer area is contrasted with the angular lines of Encasement’s eight square brushed stainless steel column casings, which range in height from 4.0 to 5.6 metres to meet the curved lines of the ceiling immediately inside the entrance.
Encasement worked closely with main contractor, Dawnus Construction, to supply and install the bespoke casings, which are manufactured from 2mm thick 304 grade stainless steel in two different sizes, measuring 305mm and 450mm to cover the differing dimensions of the internal structural supports.
Encasement’s Managing Director, Martin Taylor, commented: “Sherman Cymru is the only producing theatre in South Wales and this extensive refurbishment not only enhances the experience for visitors, but also gives the theatre a new lease of life while adding to Cardiff’s reputation as a key cultural centre.”
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