Chetham's School of Music

Structural Designer

Price & Myers

Client Name

Chetham's School of Music


Manchester, United Kingdom

Images: © Daniel Hopkinson


The new building includes concert and recital halls in addition to a variety of teaching spaces on a challenging site bounded by Network Rail and adjacent to the existing campus which includes some of the most significant surviving medieval buildings around the Cathedral, in the heart of Manchester.
The design realises the schools ambitious desire to work to the full site extents and includes a three- storey basement alongside Victoria Station for the new auditorium – necessitating extensive enabling works and approvals.

Judge's comment:

The judges recognise the creative, intelligent and deft design undertaken to maximise the potential of this site to the client within their tight budgetary constraints – from the development of complex temporary works and basements to delicate bridge and feature structures.