904-2A National Theatre - Architects. 9. Closed from 1. Sept. 1975

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 2080 TPC/1/5/9
  • Dates of Creation
      1 September 1975-September 1978
  • Physical Description
      4 folders

Scope and Content

The file contains correspondence and enclosures, sketches and reports. The material largely consists of correspondence with the architects regarding the purchase of equipment and parts, late changes, problems with contractors and remedial work. Specific topics include Pye Business Communications Ltd supervisory costs; electrical installation in the Studio Theatre; noise insulation of the offstage music room; distortion of the control room windows and acoustical issues should they be changed; telephones - alterations, security of exchange, in Cottesloe, access room, box office, booking desks and lifts, sound desks; high temperatures damaging equipment; production desk furniture; signage and statutory notices; Medgar Engineering Ltd's and Stancoil Ltd's contracts; testing procedures and approval of stage equipment; GLC licence for Lyttelton; injury to a member of the public; claims and extra payments on contracts; electrical testing; television outside broadcast cables; adequate on-site supervision for contractors; temporary closure of the Lyttelton; who was responsible for the overall design of the Cottesloe Theatre; employment of Vickers Ltd to help deal with contractors and their appraisal of the rear stage wagon; problems with Mole-Richardson (Stage & Studio Engineering) Ltd and Hall Stage Equipment Ltd regarding progress and remedial work; an assessment of the maintenance needs of the Theatre; and the audience view from the front row of the circle. Correspondents include Theatre Projects Consultants Ltd, Denys Lasdun & Partners, Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, Davis Belfield and Everest, Evershed Power Optics Ltd, Tanjon Ltd, Sir Robert McAlpine & Sons Ltd, Sound Research Laboratories Ltd, the Greater London Council (GLC), the South Bank Theatre Board, and K construction (London) Ltd. Items include a rough sketch showing placement of an Eldon Equipment Cabinet type ASD 722, a letter sent from Denys Lasdun to Richard Pilbrow querying the credit given to Iain Mackintosh over the creation of the Cottesloe Theatre in Judith Cook's book 'The National Theatre', multiple architect's instructions regarding changes and remedial works, a detailed paper of defects and delays in each theatre, a document titled 'Alteration of profile of circle fronts with attached figures showing sightlines of audience members, a site instruction and rough sketches regarding rehearsal rooms and Olivier Theatre scenery hoists, a fold-out 'List of Practical Completion Certificates and Dates of the Completion of Defects', a list of requirements from the GLC licencing authority for places of public entertainment, and a further report on extensions of time and variations to the building and direct contracts. Original card folder disposed of. 'Architect 9 904/2A' was written on the front and '904-2A National Theatre - Architects. 9. Closed from 1. Sept. 1975' was written on the spine.

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