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Approved: Stephenson Studio's £6.7m Hallé expansion

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Manchester City Council has approved Stephenson Studio’s proposed expansion of the Hallé St Peter’s music studio and performance hall in Ancoats

The Manchester-based practice, headed by Roger Stephenson, saw off competition from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS), Caruso St John, Flanagan Lawrence and Jamie Fobert Architects to land the job earlier this year.

The 1,123maddition to the 1859 Grade II-listed church – which was abandoned and deconsecrated before being restored by Buttress Architects in 2013 – will provide rehearsal, performance and education spaces for the Hallé orchestra.

Backed by Hallé Concerts Society, the practice secured both planning and listed building consent for the £6.7 million scheme which will also include a ‘triple-height reception and rooflight offering views of the Campanile tower’ from the entrance.

According to the firm, the proposed extension ‘is classically proportioned to the existing church with a carved brick base and first-floor contrasting bronze rehearsal space referencing the industrial heritage of the Ancoats area’.

The scheme is expected to start on site in July next year (2017) and complete in September 2018.

Halle by stephenson studio isonometric

Halle by stephenson studio isometric

Project data

Location: Hallé St. Peter’s, 40 Blossom Street, Ancoats, Manchester, M4 6BF
Type of project: Proposed extension for new rehearsal, practice, café, administration and archive facilities
Client: Hallé Concerts Society
Architect: Stephenson Studio – 3 Riverside Mews, 4 Commercial Street, Manchester M15 4RQ
Structural engineer: Booth King Partnership – 9C Bridge Street, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 9AB
M&E consultant: Max Fordham LLP – Carver’s Warehouse, 77 Dale Street Manchester M1 2HG
Quantity surveyor: Simon Fenton Partnership – 4 Burton Place Manchester M15 4PT
Acoustician: Arup Acoustics – 6th Floor, 3 Piccadilly Place, Manchester M1 3BN
Funding: Application by the Hallé Concerts Society has been made for second stage Arts Council England funding, decision expected December 2016
Tender date: May 2017
Start on site date: July 2017
Completion date: September 2018
Contract duration: 14 month
Gross internal floor area: 1,123m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: to be confirmed
Total cost: £6.7 million

Competition-winning scheme (left) v consented scheme (right)

Competition-winning scheme (left) v consented scheme (right)

Competition-winning scheme (left) v consented scheme (right)

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