Following a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) design competition, Manchester’s acclaimed symphony orchestra chose the design produced by the team which includes: Booth King as structural and civil engineers, architectural practice Stephenson Studio, acoustic specialists ARUP and M&E consultant Max Fordham.
The existing church building was built in 1859 and was the first Anglican church in the neighborhood. The Hallé moved into the church in 2013 after a huge regeneration effort to restore it to its former glory, giving it a permanent rehearsal base for the first time in its history.
The extension to the Church will create a 350 seat Concert Hall, a 100 seat Recital Hall, a full academic school and a plethora of music teaching and practice spaces.
The brief for the design was to create a unique and contemporary new building for the musical and academic teaching facilities, providing a state- of-the-art environment which will be a fitting platform for the students, creating a new space that would complement the old St Peter’s building.
Booth King director Barry Jefcoate commented: “This is a fantastic and most prestigious project to be involved in. We have a great deal of experience working in the arts and education sectors, and have worked with Stephenson Studio on a number of other award winning projects. We look forward to beginning work on this project”.