Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre, 2018

a new creative heart for The Perse School campus

Haworth Tompkins has been commissioned to design a new Performing Arts Centre for The Perse School in Cambridge as the key architectural element of the school's campus.

The building includes a 360-seat auditorium, a fully glazed foyer space that incorporates a large daylit rehearsal room and exhibition space. Full back of house facilities are provided, including dressing rooms, workshop and ancillary spaces, along with a suite of five new classics classrooms.

The proposal is designed to reconcile the various disparate buildings around the site to create a large central landscaped courtyard with the performing arts centre at its head. The galleried auditorium will provide a beautifully intimate room for dance, theatre, assembly, music and speech, wrapping the audience around the performers, but also allowing a more conventional end on configuration when required. Naturally ventilated throughout, the new building will use a minimum amount of energy in use, creating a productive and creative environment for visitors, pupils and staff.


The Perse School

Main Contractor

RG Carter

Structural Engineer

price & myers

services engineer

skelly & couch

quantity surveyor


theatre consultant




artistic collaboration

victoria morton/dovecot studios

picture credits

fred howarth