Friday 4 June saw the start of an ambitious £4.3 million extension to Hallé St Peter’s in Ancoats.
The project began with a groundbreaking ceremony when Michael Oglesby and Stewart Grimshaw signalled the beginning of work on the project which should be completed by autumn 2019.
Located at the heart of Ancoats, Hallé St Peter’s will undergo a significant transformation over the next 15 months. A new three-storey extension, to be known as The Oglesby Centre at Hallé St Peter’s will provide a brand new façade to the building, which will front onto Cutting Room Square. The new building will provide a much more welcoming approach, and much needed additional facilities including a café and kitchen, large new rehearsal space, education workshop facilities, individual practice spaces, and improved facilities for the Hallé’s musicians and choirs.
Speaking at the event, David McKeith, Chairman of the Hallé Concerts Society, said: “I am delighted to be here today with three of the Hallé’s staunchest supporters, Michael and Jean Oglesby and Stewart Grimshaw, Chair of the Monument Trust, to formally mark the start of this exciting project. 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.”
Hallé St Peter’s success in attracting a wide range of events – from conferences and weddings to workshops and television appearances have helped Ancoats become a significant leisure and business destination, both inside and outside Manchester.
Rob Smith, Director HH Smith & Sons Co Ltd said: “We are thrilled to have been appointed to construct this prestigious and exceptional building for the Hallé. 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.”
The redevelopment, designed by Stephenson Studio architects, with MACE working as Project Manager and Contract Administrator for the Hallé Concerts Society, is set for completion in autumn 2019. The Hallé is hugely grateful for the support of 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 and many benefactors and Hallé Patrons.