Aldeburgh Music
Haworth Tompkins were commissioned by Aldeburgh Music in 2004 to design a new creative campus at Snape Maltings. Musicians are drawn to the Maltings' unique sense of place, a combination of the austere industrial architecture and the wide, abstract landscape of the marshes. The client brief was to expand the physical and creative capacity of the music campus with an informal suite of professional working spaces to which the public could be invited as guests.

“The 350-seater Britten Studio, will surely come to rank as one of the most attractive spaces for chamber music in Britain. ”

Rupert Christiansen, Daily Telegraph
The new facilities have significantly expanded the organisation's capacity as an international centre of excellence and as a local community resource. The project comprises a phased development of nationally important grade 2 listed maltings buildings at the edge of the Suffolk marshes. The centrepiece is a new build orchestral rehearsal room, the Britten Studio, designed to complement the nearby concert hall. The room incorporates 350 retractable seats for public use.

A second workspace, the Jerwood Kiln Studio (converted from a derelict kiln building), can also accommodate 80 for public performances. Further practice rooms and support facilities are formed within derelict granaries. The central foyer and technical get in has been adapted from a storage barn sandwiched between older structures.
Contract Details

Aldeburgh Music Creative Campus

Address: Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk
Completion Date: May 2009
Construction Cost: £5.5M
Client: Aldeburgh Music
Contractor: Haymills Ltd
Structural Engineer: Price and Myers LLP
Services Engineer: Ernest Griffiths
Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
Acoustic Consultant: Arup Acoustics
Theatre Consultant: Charcoalblue
CDM Coordinator: PFB Construction Management Services

Civic Trust Award
D&AD Graphic Design Award Signage (Silk Pearce)
Quality of Place Award : Conservation
RIBA Award (East Region)
RIBA Client of the Year (Shortlist)
RIBA Crown Estate Conservation (Runnerup)
RIBA Stirling Prize (Longlist)
RICS East of England Conservation Award
RICS National Conservation Award (Shortlist)