The Royal Northern College of Music’s extension building on Oxford Road is located on one of Manchester’s busiest arterial routes and links the college’s existing music, opera and drama theatres. Our building services, building sciences and structural engineers provided design services for the demolition and extension of the college frontage.
The new high profile façade provides the college with a ‘shop window’ at ground floor and incorporates a buffer against traffic noise. The structure consists of a post-tensioned concrete flat slab with feature cantilevers. Internal columns are arranged space-efficiently and the roof is a lightweight steel solution.
Internally, there are double-height orchestral rehearsal studios, practice rooms and general teaching space, all built to very high acoustic specifications. Staff administration offices and meeting rooms are also provided.
By combining building sciences with thermal modelling, the structure’s cooling and heating demands limit carbon emissions and fuel costs. Natural daylight is maximised into the deep plan internal areas through an atrium. The atrium void is used as a return air/heat sink for environmental control of the space.