This competition-winning commission to convert the Grade II listed Corn Exchange transformed it into a 750-seat concert hall and multi-purpose public building, thanks in part to an early Arts Council Lottery grant. The scheme enables the performance space to convert rapidly from a fully seated to flat floor layout, and the acoustics can be varied to suit different requirements.
A new ‘over-roof’ structure above the auditorium, supported by external columns, provides space for services and additional acoustic volume and retractable absorption panels and allows for the retention of the delicate wrought iron trusses. The design also allows for the future addition of a 200-seat and 500-seat auditoria for dance and drama.
Converting a listed building to create a new modern venue.