IN SEPTEMBER last year Confidential announced the launch of a RIBA-run international design competition to extend the Hallé St Peter’s Building in Ancoats by 15,000 sq ft.
The proposed extension will form the second phase of the project to transform the 1859 Grade II-listed former church
Judges, including Hallé chief exec John Summers, Bruntwood CEO Mike Oglesby and RIBA adviser Sir Jeremy Dixon, sought 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.’
An announcement this week revealed the competition has been won by Roger Stephenson’s Manchester-based practice, Stephenson Studio, which sought off competition from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, Jamie Fobert Architects, Caruso St John and Flanagan Lawrence.
Stephenson is behind a number of the city’s most noteworthy structures, including: the Smithfield Buildings in Northern Quarter, the new Chetham’s School of Music building and the Radisson Blu Edwardian hotel.
The proposed extension (pictured) will form the second phase of the project to transform the 1859 Grade II-listed former church building into rehearsal and performance space for the Hallé Orchestra, following the 2013 renovation by Buttress Architects.
Hallé chief executive John Summers said: "We look forward to the development of a building that will provide inspiration for generations of the city’s musicians and a focus for our community and education programme."