• Architecture
  • Arts

Corn Exchange, King's Lynn


This competition-winning commission to convert the Corn Exchange transformed the Grade II listed building 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, as well as retractable absorption panels that allow 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.

Project Details:

Converting a listed building to create a new modern venue.

Client: Leisure & Tourism Department, Borough of King's Lynn & West Norfolk

Construction Value: £3.1m

Completion: 1996

Location: King's Lynn


  • Civic Trust Awards 1999: Shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards 1997: Shortlisted
  • Institution of Structural Engineers’ Awards 1997, Structural Heritage: Commended
  • RICS Efficient Building Awards 1996: Shortlisted

Image: Matthew Weinreb