Booth King worked as structural and civil engineers for this high profile project, for The Hallé at its St Peter Street rehearsal space in Ancoats.
Following a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) design competition in February 2016, Manchester’s acclaimed symphony orchestra chose the design produced by the team which includes: Booth King, 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 creates 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 is a fitting platform for the students, creating a new space that complements the old St Peter’s building.