A new school of music provides state-of-the-art facilities for pupils at this renowned Manchester institution.
A new six-storey school of music was constructed adjacent to the existing Chetham’s campus. Providing a mix of music and academic facilities, the building incorporates two performance spaces, four ensemble rooms, 50 music teaching rooms, 62 practice rooms, offices, admin space and an outreach centre.
The building wraps around a central courtyard providing views south to Cathedral Gardens and is linked to the existing campus via a bridge built across the culverted River Irwell.
We undertook an extensive value engineering exercise to bring the development within budget. To optimise programme and quality, around half of the 500,000 handmade bricks for the façade were formed into precast panels.
The fast-tracking of two prototype rooms enabled the team to test and inspect critical elements of workmanship, determine final design details and benchmark quality standards.
Actor and former student at the school, Max Beesley was among the visitors welcomed to site by our project team. The Hotel Babylon star popped by the school to support its Raise the Roof fundraising appeal.
Our project team was recognised with a Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme National Site Award in 2013.