Building of the month for July 2018: Snape Maltings Concert Hall (1965-70) by Arup Associates, Snape, Suffolk
Kenneth Powell writes: 'This year marks the 70th birthday of the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by Benjamin Britten, then a relatively low-key regional event, now a major feature of the international musical calendar.
In 1965 Britten launched a project to convert part of the now redundant maltings to house a state-of-the-art concert hall, “with certain facilities for opera”. Ove Arup had been a regular visitor to the Festival since its early years and Britten turned to him for advice on the practicalities of the project.
Britten was a demanding client: he wanted a 1000 seat hall, costing no more than £50,000, and completed in time for the 1966 Festival. The concert hall eventually cost £127,000, seated 830, and was opened for the Festival in 1967.
On 7th June, 1969, following the opening concert of the Festival, the Maltings was gutted by fire.
Britten wanted the hall rebuilt, “just as it was”, and opened in time for the 1970 Festival.
In 42 weeks the Maltings was rebuilt. The Queen came to open the Hall, as she had done in 1967, commenting that she hoped not to be asked to come back a third time.' This is edited version of the article, available on our website (link in bio). Kenneth Powell is the author of 'Arup Associates', published by The Twentieth Century Society, @historicengland and @riba Publishing in our series Twentieth Century Architects.
Photo James O Davies, Historic England
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