Ground broken at Hallé St Peter’s extension

Work has officially been started by main contractor HH Smith & Sons on the £4.3m redevelopment of the Manchester orchestra’s rehearsal and performance space in Ancoats.

In May, Place North West revealed that the Manchester construction firm had been appointed on the project, which includes a three-storey extension to be known as The Oglesby Centre, providing a new façade to the building’s Cutting Room Square elevation.

Facilities to be added include a café and kitchen, large new rehearsal space, education workshop facilities, individual practice spaces, and improved facilities for the Hallé’s musicians and choirs.

The redevelopment has been designed by Stephenson Studio, with Mace working as project manager and contract administrator for the Hallé Concerts Society and is set for completion in autumn 2019.

Rob Smith, director of HH Smith & Sons, said: “The Hallé’s commitment to investing in the heart of Ancoats and providing this inspirational facility is to be applauded. Future generations of talent will be nurtured and we’re proud to be playing a pivotal role in that process.”

David McKeith, chairman of the Hallé Concerts Society, said: “What starts today with this ceremony will end with the opening of a magnificent new facility that will see the Oglesby Centre at Hallé St Peter’s placed at the heart of the Hallé’s work.

“The Orchestra, our Choirs, Youth Ensembles and our education and community teams will see significant improvements, allowing them all to extend and develop their work.”

The Hallé has been supported in the project by Arts Council England, the Oglesby Charitable Trust, The Monument Trust, The Garfield Weston Foundation, The Granada Foundation, The Foyle Foundation, The Kirby Laing Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation and Siemens UK, along with Hallé Patrons and other benefactors.

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