Design Guidelines
Macquarie University Property

Theatre (500+)

Space description

Theatres are designed as education content delivery spaces for large groups, space may also be used for interactive learning through discussion.

Refer also to Educational Design Principles within these guidelines.


This space is to be located adjacent to student / circulation zones.

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Site factors -
Room and Spaces Planning Requirements Room proportion to suite correct layout of furniture
Design occupancy For 500 students
Area Minimum 1m2 per student
Other Designed as Entertainment Venue Auditorium
Minimum ceiling height 2.7m

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Building fabric


General -
Design principles -
Materials & finishes -
Proprietary items -

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Materials & Finishes

Paint finishes - Use hard wearing, low maintenance, low VOC paints.
- Nominal base colours: Brilliant White, Napkin White
- Feature wall colours to be determined through design process.
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External Walls

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Internal Walls

Impact Resistance -
Fire Rating -
Wall Finish -
Other -

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General Selection Requirements -
Variations -
Preferred Material Selection -
Concrete -
Carpet -
Entry Floor Mats -
Floor Tiles -
Ceramic Tiles -
Resilient Floor Finishes CP - Carpet finish.
Other Floor to be Tirered.

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Underfloor Ventilation

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Ceiling Finishes -
Ceiling Heights -
Ceiling Selection -
Acoustic Ceilings Gridded acoustic tile ceiling Ecophon Acoustic in White 
NRC: 0.6 - 0.8 Absorptive Ceiling

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Window Selection Requirements Windows are not required and not recommended
Glazing -
Observation Windows -
Visual Privacy Visual privacy is required from other spaces to reduce distractions.
Window Furniture -
Other -

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Doors Type Minimum 1m clear doors to circulation and exit door to outside.
Door Function -
Fire / Acoustic Rated -
Frame Type -
Glazing -
Door Hardware Lock type
Keying / locking
Swipe Card Access
Master keying
Master keyed

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General Design Principles -
Amenities Fixtures -
Amenities for Mobility Impaired Persons -
Lecture Theatre Furniture & Fittings -
Cleaners Room & Store -

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Sanitary Fixtures

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General Design Principles -
Recommended Furniture Selection -
Desk & Chair Selection Fixed theatre seating chairs

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Fixed Furniture

Door Entry Mats -
Whiteboards -
Pinboards -
Notice Boards -
Projection Screens -
Kitchen & Tea Room Equipment -
Lecterns Yes
Standard AVTS Digital Lecterns -
Fume Cupboards -

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General Design Principles -
Handrails & Balustrades -

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Window Coverings

Blinds -
Curtains -
External Awnings -

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Design Principles -
Macquarie University Signage and Wayfinding -
GeneralTheatre (number sequentially through building)
Door Signage Door signage required - refer to Design Guide
OtherStatutory signage for Entertainment Venue

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Security type / group -
Access control -
Intruder detection -
Keying Refer to Doors

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Noise level Noise Level Within space should be considered
Noise emittance Limited internal noise emittance
Room to room Room to Room Acoustics should be reduced
Room acoustics Room reverberation time to be considered

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Natural ventilation -
Supply air -
Exhaust -
Controls -

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Mechanical cooling Air conditioning
Mechanical heating Provide Heating Refer to Design Guide
Controls -
Other -

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Portable cold water -
Portable hot / warm water -
Non-portable water -
Other -

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Sanitary drainage -
Trade waste -
Other -

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N gas -
M gas -
Other -

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Fire protection

Fire detection Fire detection / alarms to comply with NCC.
Fire suppression FIRE HOSE REEL
As Required by Regulations
Portable fire equipment -
Other -

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Lighting / lux levels 240 lux
Lighting controls Lighting control from adjacent control room
Other -
Natural LightingDaylightDaylight not required
BrownoutBrownout & Blackout of room is required

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Type Double socket outlets 
Quantity 8
Other -
Cable ManagementCable management to be considered. Refer to Design Guide

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Communication / AV

Voice Lectern Type 1, (VGA input, Data Projector)
2 double data points to front and rear
4 general data points in room.
Data -
AV type AV to MQU Standard, Type L2D (Digital) - Including Lectern, AV Display & PA with hearing Loop
WAP Wireless Access point to all of room
Other Data for Lectern,
Computer for Lectern

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Vertical transport

Stairs -
Lifts / escalators -
Materials hoists / other -

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Building Commissioning -
Services Commissioning -
As Built Documentation -

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