Extension to Hallé St. Peter’s, Ancoats, Manchester: launch of Invited Design Competition

RIBA Competitions is pleased to announce the launch of an invited design competition on behalf of the Hallé Concerts Society.  The competition is seeking to select a design team for a project to extend the Hallé St. Peter’s Building in Ancoats, Manchester.  The proposed, circa 1,450m2 new-build extension will form the second phase of the project to transform the Grade II listed former church building into rehearsal, performance, education and ancillary spaces for the Hallé Orchestra, Choir and other ensembles.

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.

Expressions of Interest are sought from innovative, architect-led design teams across Europe.  An equal honorarium of £6,000 (+VAT) will be paid to each of the teams (up to five) short-listed to participate in the design concept phase of the competition.  Honorarium payments will be made to the architect firm leading each team and will be paid following submission and presentation of design concepts at final interview.

On the competition launch, John Summers, Hallé Chief Executive, 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”.  

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:


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