Salisbury Arts Centre – Production and House Lighting Upgrades

The auditorium of Salisbury Arts Centre featuring the theatre lighting upgrade

Salisbury Arts Centre, a listed building which previously served as a church has recently seen a major investment in its production lighting and auditorium lighting systems.

The building, originally known as St Edmund’s Church, was constructed in the year 1269, and was grade two-listed in 1952. After being deconsecrated in 1974, the building was reworked into a community centre and cafe which runs a range of educational and community events.

Push The Button (PTB) were brought into the venue to help refit its lighting equipment, but had to work sympathetically with the original architecture. One particular difficulty was the wooden beams in the ceiling over the performance space. The team made clever use of custom timber fixings to get around the issue whilst satisfying the architectural heritage team.

PTB fitted 24 new ETC ArcSystem ArcPro 1 Cell LED house lights inside the venue. The project also saw an upgrade to the production lighting system with four ETC SmartPack dimmers replaced with four ETC ColorSource ThruPower dimmers.

Over the stage, three new internally wired bars were fitted, with new cable and trunking installed to connect them to the dimmers. In addition to this new CAT-6A data infrastructure throughout the auditorium.

The project demonstrated the versatility of PTB and the team’s ability to work in a unique way to satisfy the requirements of working in listed buildings.