Vaughan Sound involved in £15.2m Ffwrnes theatre

Vaughan Sound was involved in the development of the new £15.2m Ffwrnes theatre, the focal point of Llanelli’s East Gate development.

Appointed by Lorne Stewart, one of the UK’s leading engineering companies, Vaughan Sound was asked to supply and install specialist cabling to the theatre, which is part of a wider £60m regeneration project for Carmarthenshire’s largest town.

This large-scale installation required Vaughan Sound to install specific cabling as set out by Chris Baldwin of ACT Consultant Services, who specialise in theatre design and planning. As installed drawings and system configuration diagrams were provided as part of the handover process and for operating and maintenance (O&M) manuals.

Vaughan Sound also supplied and fitted Baldwin Boxall voice evacuation, public address and disabled refuge systems as part of our work at the theatre, with all equipment fully certified to both BS EN 54-16:2008 and BS EN 54-24:2008.

On completion of the installations the systems were energised under controlled conditions and tests carried out as part of our handover procedure to the commissioning engineer.

Ffwrnes, which officially opened earlier this year and has received packed crowds at many performances and events since, consists of a 504 seat main auditorium, 100 seat studio space, a café/bar dubbed Cwtsh, office spaces and half a dozen social enterprise units located in the old Zion Chapel.

The state-of-the-art multi purpose facility is the first of its kind in West Wales for over a quarter of a century, and was funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the Welsh Government, Carmarthenshire County Council and Trinity St David University.