Peter Hall Performance Arts Centre, Perse School

New centre for drama and music within the Perse School, named after Peter Hall, a pupil at the school from 1941-1949.

Our work: A CDM contract to design, supply and install the glazed façade on the building. The solution utilised the Raico Therm+ curtain wall system with a laminated Oak internal section with Iroko extended external timber cappings. To maintain consistency across the façade frameless aluminium casements where introduced above the top transom operated on actuators to provide natural ventilation when required. An innovative solution was required on the corners of the screen to avoid loading the cantilevered pre-cast concrete. Pacegrade’s solution was to introduce a tensioned bar into the corner assembly allowing the corner sections to be suspended from the top of the internal columns therefore limiting the loads transferred to the precast below and allowing the unsupported feature entrance.

Key Facts


Cambridge CB2


Perse School


Haworth Tompkins

Year of Completion



RIBA National Award 2019

RIBA East Award 2019