Bridlington Spa Complex
Bridlington Spa is the East Coast's premier venue hosting the very best in drama, music, dancing, comedy, sports and more. Function rooms of different sizes are available for hire for events, conferences, exhibitions, weddings and meetings. Many rooms give stunning views onto the beach, promenade and all are equipped with state-of-the-art technical and catering facilities.
The Spa's sheer size, character and history make it a venue with a difference. The refurbishment of this local landmark enables it to attract tourists, audiences and corporate clients at regional, national and international levels. By improving access and internal services and restoring the traditional rooms to their original splendour, the Spa will be able to offer the highest standards for many years to come.
The Victorian tourists visiting Bridlington needed entertainment and in 1896 the New Spa and Gardens were opened as part of a development by the Whitaker bros. The 5 acres included a theatre, concert hall, bandstand and refreshment rooms. In 1906 the original theatre was destroyed by fire. The current Spa Theatre and Opera House, designed by W S Walker, was opened in 1907 and used to show that new invention, the cinematograph.
In 1914 East Riding of Yorkshire Council took a lease on the Spa and in 1919 they purchased it. In 1925 the council replaced the last of the 1890's Spa with new Spa Royal Hall. Opened in 1926 and built at a cost of £50,000 it was a flagship art deco building. On the night of the 29th Jan 1932 it burnt down though fortunately the theatre was not badly damaged and able to reopen at Easter. In a remarkable feat of design and construction the current Royal Hall was designed by the borough architect Peter Newton and built in 52 days to re-open in July 1932.
Between the wars the Spa provided plays and variety in the Theatre and dancing in the Royal Hall. Herman Darewski was the well-known and very successful musical director at the Spa from 1924 to 1939. After the war the traditional holiday trade and entertainments continued but as the 60's dawned, the motorcar, increased wealth and the package tour brought about another set of changes. The British seaside resort was changing again, the Spa moved from weekly shows and the theatre and dances in the hall to a new broader base. The Royal Hall has been a feature of the British Rock circuit now for over 30 years with many famous artists playing it, while conference and association use of the facilities has increased to balance the decline in the more traditional entertainments.
It was accepted by the council that they needed a consultant and designer for the whole scheme. Leeds Lighting Design were chosen to complete the lighting design on the whole building. Mick and David's involvement started in early 2005 with site visits and an initial design proposal which was presented to the council.
The building went through various changes with Mick and David being involved at all stages to ensure the correct equipment was used and specified.
The design involvement went further than a standard design with various luminaires being specially designed for the installation, even the installation of some of the special luminaires needed imaginative thinking by our design team.
The overall design was conceived by David with the council making the final tweaks to 'make things fit' on site.
Mick and David used the most up to date technology available with Tri-chip LEDs, DMX control and colour changing fluorescent luminaires.
Mick and David worked closely with Glenn Rawding at East Riding County Council to achieve the overall design.
The council gave the following as 'must haves' for the whole project
- More energy efficient than existing installation
- Must be in keeping with the existing areas
- Must use existing mounting positions in areas where original plasterwork is being kept
- Must be controllable and functional
- Controls must be able to be used by day to day staff
Overview of entire scheme
As can be seen by the pictures, this scheme was a very successful scheme, both in the design and the installation. The council are extremely happy with the installation and believe that Apollo delivered on the objectives set out at the outset. The scheme should last many years to come and is as future proof as it can be using the latest advances in control gear, lamp choice and control protocols.
The entire system is flexible enough to cope with all the modern day challenges, in the first few months of opening the Royal hall has already hosted some prestigious events from chart topping music acts to televised events.
Main Areas of interest
- East Riding County Council
- Airedale Mechanical and Electrical, Leeds