Hallé rehearsal rooms reference Ancoats district’s industrial heritage
Stephenson Studio for Hallé Concerts Society
Contract value: £4.7m
Cost per m2: £4,105
The grade II listed St Peter’s Church has been deconsecrated, refurbished and extended to provide rehearsal rooms, all set in the rich industrial heritage of Manchester’s Ancoats district. The extension includes rehearsal, performance, education and ancillary spaces for the Hallé Orchestra and Choir, with public reception and café. Its solid form is cut and carved, maximising daylight inside and views out to the public square. A street level brick plinth supports first-floor rehearsal rooms, read as a weathered steel box with articulated fins, referencing the Industrial Revolution’s birthplace. Set over three floors, mixed-use spaces have level access to the existing building through sensitive connections, one of which incorporates a poem by Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, cut into blackened steel. Rehearsal and practice rooms are floating ‘box in box’ rooms, isolated from the structural steel frame to optimise acoustic performance.