Beacon Arts Centre

The Beacon Arts Centre is situated at Customhouse Quay in Greenock and overlooks the River Clyde estuary. It opened in January 2013 to replace the existing Greenock Arts Guild Theatre that had served the local community for over 65 Years.


The new Beacon Arts Centre provides cutting edge theatre technology with two performance spaces along with three large rehearsal rooms and a bistro / bar area. In addition to this the three rehearsal rooms can be extended to provide a function suite for up to 170 guests.


The main stage of the Beacon is one of the largest in Scotland and is fully equipped with a full height fly tower with counterweight system, two trap doors, retractable orchestra pit and generous wing space. The theatre can accommodate over 500 patrons on three levels. The studio can seat 130 people on retractable bleacher seating and is adaptable as a black box space.


Key Facts

  • We worked in close co-ordination with the project designers and consultants to provide the theatre with an M&E services installation typical of theatres across the globe, taking into consideration the requirements of the end users.
  • Project consisted of a high concentration of complex electrical services such as production lighting, dimming controls for house & working lighting used during performances interfaced to specialist sound & fire alarm systems.
  • Other complex system included BEMS control systems, sub mains distribution for sound power production lighting & general power & lighting fire alarm & PA/VA voice evacuation CCTV, intruder, access control, carbon dioxide detection, lightning protection system, clean earthing arrangement for specialist sound power, structured cabling, and emergency lighting monitoring via front end PC & MWEB unit.
  • The theatre incorporated a complex mechanical services installation.  The ventilation strategy consisted of a mixture of dedicated air handling units accompanied by general and toilet extract systems. The heating system incorporated natural convection trench heating, radiant panel and steel panel radiators all services via the two gas boiler located in the 2nd floor plantroom.  Hot water is provided via a separate gas fired water heater. VRF fan coil units also provide heating and cooling to various areas throughout the theatre complex.
  • Theatres in general are designed to optimise space and as a result included split levels balconies & low level plant spaces which made onsite co-ordination challenging, services had to be run in tight formation with little room for cross overs and access for maintenance which made correct co-ordination crucial to the overall project programme.

Client: Greenock Arts Guild

Main Contractor: Grahams Construction

Architect: LDN Architects

Consultant: Buro Happold

Services: Mechanical & Electrical

Duration: 15 Months

Value: £1,771,817

Location: Custom House Quay, Greenock, Scotland