Chetham’s New School of Music, Manchester

Wincro have been proud to supply the new Chetham’s School of Music, the largest and premier Music School in the UK.

On a site dating back to 1421, the new £36m six-storey extension created a new school of music, constructed adjacent to the existing Chetham’s campus. The new exciting school comprises of a variety of diverse functions including: a concert hall, recital hall, school dining hall, foyer, music school, academic school and school library.

Wincro designed and manufactured a wide range of brickwork support systems for this attractive six-storey building with intricate details, including the project’s most striking feature; a bold five metre cantilever wall that runs the full length of one façade.

At openings along the length of the wall, special Wincro Soffit Angles fix to the underside of the structural beam to support the brickwork from above.

Wincro’s continuous support angle was supplied in short lengths, to allow for the curve of the structural steelwork and concrete frame.

The depth of the fixing brackets varies to suit the cavity size at each fixing location, which ranges from 50mm to 300mm. In order to minimise site delays and installation difficulties, the Wincro system was modified prior to manufacture to suit the findings of a site cavity survey.

Chetham School of Music was designed by architect Stephenson Bell and constructed by Sir Robert McAlpine.

Chetham’s New School of Music, Manchester