Case study – 3 Phase refurbishment and expansion
Strip out and refurbishment
Empire Cinemas Ltd
Festival Leisure Park Basildon SS14 3WB
Principal contractor and CDM
In 2009, Empire Cinema decided to refurbish the cinema in Basildon, by installing 6 studio screens, an IMPACT (Empire’s own large format screen), and a new foyer. The works were split into 3 phases, Studio’s A&B, followed by the reconfiguration of screen 6 into an IMPACT, and studio’s C&D and the foyer works, and lastly Studio’s E&F.
The challenge in this project was based on Empire’s desire to venture into a large format type screen, this involved splitting screen 6 in half and rotating the orientation of the front section of the screen, to create the IMPACT. The challenges involved here were to cut out a large section of the concrete stadia, to enable the new stadia to be rotated through 90 degrees, and leaving the remaining upper tiers of the concrete stadia to create 2 studios on the upper level, and to acoustically separate the 3 new screens within the one auditorium.
- Areas of works were cordoned off from the public, whilst works were undertaken.
- All heavy demolition of the concrete stadia was undertaken at night to prevent any disruption to the existing cinema
- Staging project phases to coincide with quieter trading periods
- Isolation of first and second floor to enable the fit out of the studio’s
See the biggest movies on the biggest screens! IMPACT is the ultimate way to experience blockbuster movies, SPECTACULAR screens, SENSATIONAL sound, SUPERB stadium seating, extra leg room and even bean bags!
Delivering the phased works at Basildon was very tricky, it’s the busiest cinema of our group and has very little down time.
Maeve were required to complete works in a very challenging window, with no disruption whatsoever to the normal trading hours.
Basildon was the test bed for our own large screen format ‘IMPACT’ which pushes the boundaries and capabilities of both sound and projection. It was built to a very high sound and projection specification that Maeve delivered with their usual efficiency and, most importantly, their input on how it could be achieved in a timely and cost effective manner.
NEIL GOULDING – FACILITIES AND CONSTRUCTION DIRECTOR AT THE EMPIRE CINEMAS
Maeve Contractors Ltd
Unit 1, 5 Eastfields Ave,
London SW18 1FU