Theatre’s future looks brighter

In a bid to reduce energy consumption and be more sustainable, charitable social enterprise and venue operator BH Live has recently completed an LED lighting upgrade at Bournemouth Pavilion’s Grade II listed theatre.

Inside the main auditorium there are five large chandeliers, 18 wall fittings and almost 500 individual lamps which date back to the 1940s. To operate the theatre more sustainably, and reduce ongoing maintenance, BH Live has replaced the majority of the older style lamps and fittings with energy saving, longer life LED lamps.

Other areas of the venue, including the ballroom, foyer and corridors had already benefited from an LED lighting upgrade in 2017 and 2018.

It is estimated that energy usage from this activity will be reduced by 75%.

It is also projected to save about 3 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year; the equivalent of an average size car with annual mileage of 10,000 miles.

Simon Bagnall, BH Live’s Technical Manager who carried out the project explains more. He said:

“While other areas of the theatre had already benefitted from a light replacement scheme, and were fairly straightforward, the scheme inside the main auditorium was particularly challenging. Not only did we have a busy events programme to work around, a lot of lamps were in hard to reach areas which needed careful planning and management. And given the historical importance of its heritage and architecture it was really important that the replacements were authentic and did not affect the theatre’s overall functionality or ambience.

“Working very closely with specialist suppliers we found a replacement lamp that was not only a realistic fit but cost effective too.

“Replacing the lamps with longer life LED’s will make a big difference to the overall energy consumption inside the auditorium. And because LED lights last for much longer, the resources needed to maintain the lights on a day-to-day basis has decreased. But more importantly, because we have managed to source a retro style replacement, the heritage and quality of lighting inside the auditorium has not been compromised.”

Bournemouth Pavilion is a Grade II Listed theatre and ballroom, managed by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Steve Turner, BH Live’s Divisional General Manager for the venue added:

“Bournemouth Pavilion celebrated its ninetieth anniversary last year. Sustainable renovation projects such as this help to keep the theatre in great shape for future generations to enjoy.”

Councillor Felicity Rice, BCP Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change commented:

“As a Council we are working towards a more sustainable future so it’s great to know that BH Live share this commitment to the environment and have been able to reduce their energy consumption without impacting on the cultural history of this iconic building.”

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Notes to Editors:


BH Live’s Chief Executive, Chris Symons, in Bournemouth Pavilion’s main auditorium.

For more information about BH Live please contact:

Elizabeth Symmons, PR & Corporate Communications Executive
T: (01202) 055562

About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

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About Bournemouth Pavilion

Bournemouth Pavilion is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

This Grade II listed venue opened in March 1929. It has a 1,500-seat theatre and full-sized ballroom. The venue hosts musicals, opera, ballet, pantomime, comedy, gala dinners, banquets, receptions, fairs, dances and fashion shows throughout the year.

Its facilities complement events at Bournemouth International Centre and for corporate presentations, product launches, and smaller conferences and exhibitions. 

Bournemouth Pavilion is also home to Pavilion Dance South West and the Pavilion at AUB rehearsal and teaching space for the Arts University Bournemouth.

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