RNCM Library and Teaching Block

Posted: 18th May 1997

Manchester (1997)

The primary use of the building is for the teaching, practice, and music rehearsal from individual instrumentalists to orchestras. The design was developed in accord with the stringent acoustic requirements of these uses. Twenty-five bespoke practice rooms of varying sizes form the core of the provision. These rooms are constructed on the same principles as recording studios: highly insulated steel boxes floating independently of any connecting structure to reduce sound transmission. The scheme also incorporates the college’s new library. The new accommodation is accessed through a triple-height entrance pavilion that links the new wing to the main building.

Factsheet: RNCM Library and Teaching Block

  • Client: Royal Northern College of Music
  • Value: £3,500,000
  • Status: Completed 1997
  • Awards: 1998 - MSA Design Awards - Winner - Best Education Building