Allies and Morrison wins competition to masterplan Snape Maltings

Allies and Morrison has won an invited competition to masterplan the Snape Maltings site in Suffolk. The new plan aims to fulfil the ambition for a unified creative campus following the acquisition of the entire site by the charity Aldeburgh Music, who have now renamed themselves Snape Maltings. The portfolio of acquired assets included a substantial retail business, a number of derelict buildings, Snape Bridge House and additional land to the west. The site purchase was made possible by a large grant from Arts Council England.

Allies and Morrison will develop proposals for more than 4,600 sqm of new spaces through the repurposing of the eight derelict buildings, many of which have long stood empty. The masterplan proposals are being drawn up with a view to presentations in June 2017 to coincide with the Aldeburgh Festival and the fiftieth anniversary of Snape Maltings Concert Hall.

‘We are hugely proud to be the owners of this glorious site, and take seriously the responsibility of completing its reinvention. We know Allies and Morrison will design a masterplan that respects our heritage and helps us to become more financially resilient, whilst maximising our opportunity to make the site one of the world’s great, and most useful, cultural destinations’, says Harry Young, General Manager at Snape Maltings.

Robert Maxwell, Partner at Allies and Morrison says, ‘Following on from the fantastic work undertaken by Haworth Tompkins we hope to provide a flexible masterplan within which Snape and its unique musical campus can grow, thrive and prosper’.