Colyer-Fergusson Music Building
The Colyer-Fergusson Music Building provides a performance space that accommodates everything from intimate chamber recitals to large-scale choral and orchestral concerts. Part of the University of Kent’s arts complex, this multi-purpose music centre includes practice rooms, offices and social spaces. The hall can also be used for exhibitions and examinations.
The University demanded a building that delivers cost-effective carbon reductions without negative impact on the performance qualities of the venue. To aid in this ambition Max Fordham created heating, lighting and ventilation systems that are effective, simple to use and easy to maintain. To ensure maximum flexibility of use, the mechanical and electrical systems have been sympathetically integrated with the architecture.
Extensive glazing provides abundant natural light throughout the building, including in most corridors. As a result, electric lighting does not have to be used during daytime rehearsals or classes. To provide the full range of light levels in the performance hall, energy-efficient LEDs for general usage complement a grid of tungsten lights that provide warm, even illumination during performances.
A tailored, detailed approach to delivering the appropriate level of building services resulted in the local council-set carbon reduction targets being exceeded.