chetham’s school of music

Chetham’s School of Music is the largest and premier Music School in the UK and is unique to the region as the only Music School based in the North of England.

Our brief was to create a unique contemporary new building for the musical and academic teaching facilities, providing a state-of-the-art environment which will be a fitting platform for the students.  The new building will comprise a 350 seat Concert Hall, a 100 seat Recital Hall, a full academic school and a plethora of music teaching and practice spaces.  The building itself will, alongside ongoing regeneration in Central Manchester, provide an iconic opportunity for the educational and cultural standing of Manchester to consolidate its position on the international scene.


Chetham's School of Music

Structural Engineer
Price and Myers

Quantity Surveyor
Arcadis AYH

Project Manager
Drivers Jonas


MSA Design Awards 2007
Commendation – Unbuilt Community

World Architecture Festival 2009
Future Projects - Shortlisted

Roses Design Awards 2010
Future Buildings - Silver Award

RIBA National Award 2013

RIBA North West Building of the year 2013

RIBA Award North West 2013

Civic Trust Awards 2013
Winner - National Award

MSA Design Awards 2013
Winner - Building of the year award

MSA Design Awards 2013
Winner - community building

MSA Design Awards 2013
Winner - wienerberger design award

MSA Design Awards 2013
Runner up of the Public Vote