Funding approved for Haverhill Arts Centre improvements

Haverhill Arts Centre ANL-140721-124935001
Haverhill Arts Centre ANL-140721-124935001

More than £100,000 in funding is to be spent on essential upgrades, refurbishments and improvements to Haverhill Arts Centre.

At their full meeting on Tuesday, Haverhill town councillors approved the release of £70,000 for technical equipment for the arts centre, and a further £33,000 for the Haverhill Community Trust to redecotrate and refurbish the Studio, auditorium, bar and The Bistro.

All the required funds have been set aside already for the projects and the vote taken by councillors means they can be used as required.

A report prepared for the meeting outlined what work needs to be done to improve the arts centre’s ageing house/auditorium lighting and sound system.

Of the lighting it said: “The current system is failing and irreparable. It also has limited dimming controls and is relatively expensive to run.”

Tests have found that the frosted glass in the existing domes absorbs 50 per cent of the light and an alternative system has been sourced and tested and will be fitted outside the domes.

Specialist house lighting company GDS has visited the arts centre, demonstrated products and advised on the best solution.

The report pointed out that the new system would give off more than twice as much light as the current one and that the entire cost of the lighting project would be no more than £30,000.

The arts centre’s sound is provided by separate systems for live performance and cinema, with the cinema speakers made up of three different brands and being below the required standards.

New equipment is now being tested and demonstrated that will use speakers for both live and cinema sound, and improve its quality.

It will cost no more than £40,000 to replace the current sound system.