Manchester’s Royal Northern College of Music unveils its newly refurbished Concert Hall today following the completion of a £7.1m redevelopment project.
Designed by architect Ian Palmer and undertaken by Styles&Wood, the redevelopment included a complete overhaul of the 40-year-old Concert Hall, incorporating new air-conditioning and heating system, new flooring and seating, advanced technical facilities and lighting, and a new balcony and raised floor area to considerably increase capacity.
Professor Linda Merrick, RNCM Principal, said: ‘We are thrilled that the Concert Hall is ready to reopen following an exciting redevelopment project; the extensive work undertaken by Styles&Wood is exceptional and has surpassed all expectations.
‘The RNCM prides itself on offering the very best facilities, not only to aspiring young musicians from all over the world, but also to audiences who recognise the significant position the College holds as one of the UK’s busiest and most diverse public performance venues.
Talking on behalf of Styles&Wood, Operations Director Paul Lonsdale said: ‘The project included removing 515 tons of waste and bringing in 55 tons of steel through one entrance and we worked closely with the College to ensure a smooth process throughout.