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Howard Assembly Room


Location Client Cost Completion
Leeds Leeds Grand Theatre & Leeds City Council 16m 2009

Project details

The contemporary transformation of a Victorian gem in Leeds.

The Assembly Room, part of the Opera North Centre is the second phase and culmination of a £32m campaign, which started in 2005 with the renovation of Leeds Grand Theatre.
It reveals the former assembly room painstakingly restored to its original Victorian splendour, with a barrel vaulted ceiling, arched windows and gothic motif decoration.
It provides a 350-seat flexible performance space which is home to the orchestra of Opera North and an exciting new venue in Leeds showing an eclectic programme.

Phase 2 also comprises The Emerald Grand Hall and a new glass link bridge spanning Harrison Street and linking the opera centre to the theatre.

See also: Leeds Grand Theatre


  • restoration and modernisation sympathetic to the remaining features of the Grade II* listed building
  • a space to showcase the best of contemporary work including film, music, spoken word and theatre


  • the successful fusion of contemporary and classical styles
  • extensive renovation which has combined the distinctive features of the original design with new elements to create a very modern space for live performances and an eclectic gathering of people

Integrated services

architecture, structural engineering, environmental engineering, acoustics