Bridgewater Hall, Manchester Concert Hall, Photos, Architect, Building, Architecture, Design

Bridgewater Hall Manchester : Hallé Orchestra Building

Concert Hall Development in northwest England – design by RHWL, architects

17 Apr 2010

Bridgewater Hall

Dates built: 1993-96

Design: Renton Howard Wood Levin Architects – RHWL

Home of the Hallé Orchestra

Manchester international concert hall

Address: Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, M2 3WS

Location: south side of city centre

Entry facade + interior views:

Bridgewater Hall Manchester Concert Hall Manchester Hallé Orchestra Building Manchester Concert Hall design by RHWL, architects
photos © Adrian Welch

Concert venue, primarily for classical music.

Phone: 0844 907 9000

Spaces to the south and east:

Bridgewater Hall Manchester Manchester Concert Hall Building Manchester Concert Hall Building for Hallé Orchestra Manchester Concert Hall Building
photos © Adrian Welch

The Bridgewater Hall is an international concert venue just south of Manchester city centre. It cost around £42 m and currently hosts over 250 performances a year.

The hall is home to the The Hallé orchestra, the UK’s oldest extant symphony orchestra, and is the primary concert venue for the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra. The building sits on a bed of 280 springs, which help reduce external noise.

The venue is named after the Third Duke of Bridgewater who commissioned the eponymous Bridgewater Canal that crosses Manchester, although the hall is situated on a specially constructed arm of the Rochdale Canal.

Bridgewater Hall architects : RHWL

Construction of the hall was a joint venture between Manchester City Council and the Central Manchester Development Corporation who obtained funding from the European Regional Development Fund The architects were RHWL and the builders were John Laing. The acoustics were designed by Rob Harris of Arup Acoustics; his colleagues at Arup were the building engineers. The venue can seat 2341 people over four tiers in the auditorium: the stalls, choir circle, circle, and gallery.

The main auditorium sits on a foundation of earthquake-proof isolation bearings that insulate it from noise and vibration from the adjacent road and Metrolink line. The hall’s 26,500 tonne superstructure rests on 280 GERB isolation bearings consisting of rows of steel springs between concrete piers. Bridgewater Hall is the first concert hall built with this technology.

Location: Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester, Northwest England, UK

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