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RIBA opens contest to expand Hallé venue in Manchester

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The RIBA has launched a competition to expand the Hallé St Peter’s music studio and performance hall in Ancoats, Manchester

The contest – backed by Manchester’s Hallé Concerts Society  – seeks an ‘innovative’ architect-led design team to enlarge the combined rehearsal, recording and performance venue.

Constructed in 1859, the Grade II-listed church was later abandoned and deconsecrated before being restored by Buttress Architects in 2013.

The project will create a 1,450m2 new-build extension featuring additional rehearsal, performance, education and ancillary spaces for the Hallé Orchestra, Choir and other ensembles.

According to the contest announcement: ‘The Hallé wants the St. Peter’s extension to be a worthy addition to the industrial architectural heritage of the former cotton mill area of the city, which is characterised by its powerful red brick structures.

‘The new extension will have an important role to play in the consolidation of the adjacent urban public space, the new Cutting Room Square.  It will also need to provide an appropriate adjunct to the existing building’s ecclesiastical architecture, which by offering a refreshing rather than modish response, will embody the ethos of the Hallé as an organisation.’

Up to five shortlisted teams will receive an honorarium of £6,000 each to present design concepts.  

Hallé chief executive John Summers said: ‘We are delighted to be working with RIBA to find a design team to deliver an inspiring building in the heart of Manchester’s Ancoats.  The successful firm will demonstrate an innovative and practical approach, both to a fascinating, music focussed, brief and the unique urban context.’

The deadline for expressions of interest is 2pm on 13 October.


How to apply

Expressions of Interest should be submitted in accordance with the requirements set out in the Preliminary Briefing Paper and Memorandum of Information available via:

Interested parties who intend to submit a request to participate must obtain a Unique Registration Number (URN) by completing the form available from:





  • Hallé St. Peter’s in Ancoats, Manchester

    RIBA opens contest to expand Hallé venue in Manchester

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