Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre wins regional architecture award
10 May 2019
Picture: Richard Marsham
The Perse School’s Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre has won a Regional Award from RIBA East. The award was presented at a ceremony held at Downing College, last night.
The Royal Institute of British Architects described the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre as “a building that is beautifully conceived and masterfully executed.”
Gerald Ellison, former school Bursar who led the project for The Perse, said: “For the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre to receive an RIBA award is hugely exciting. The award both celebrates the wonders of this marvellous building and provides fitting recognition of the great efforts and skill put into its creation by so many people.”
The new centre, which opened a year ago, was named after the late National Theatre director and Old Persean Sir Peter Hall, who became the school’s Head Boy in 1949 – the same year he took the starring role in the Perse Players’ production of Hamlet.
Housing a 400-seat auditorium, rehearsal and teaching rooms, an exhibition space and full back-of-house facilities, the Peter Hall Performing Arts Centre operates as a café for pupils and staff during the school day and as a foyer for audiences during events in the auditorium.
The RIBA National Awards are announced in June.
You can read more about the RIBA awards on the RIBA website here and on the architect Haworth Tompkins website here.