Levitt Bernstein Associates - Education


LSO St. Luke's, Islington


The UBS and LSO Music Education Centre has been created by restoring and converting the ruins of Hawksmoor and James’ Grade 1 listed former church. It provides a base for the London Symphony Orchestra’s ‘Discovery’ education programme, and is also used for rehearsals, recordings and recitals.

The main teaching/rehearsal space is formed within the re-roofed volume of the original church, and is supplemented by teaching rooms, restaurant, offices and stores in the reconstructed and expanded crypt.

The scheme has been designed to exacting acoustic standards, including 65mm of glass in two separated layers to the windows, complex construction to avoid noise transmission within the building and adjustable room acoustics. The Jerwood Hall is sufficiently large to permit a full symphony orchestra and chorus to rehearse in comfort.

The design contrasts the new steel structure supporting roof and balconies with the original walls, which are retained in their raw, unplastered state.

At a glance

Client: The St. Luke Centre Management Company

Construction Value £9.7m

Completion: 2003

Awards: British Construction Industry Awards 2004 - Best Building: Conservation Category

Civic Trust Award 2004

Civic Trust Access Award 2004

Islington Access Award 2004 - Best Builders

Georgian Group Awards 2004 - Highly Commended 'Reuse of a Georgian Building'

ADAPT Access Award 2003