Milton Court

  • The building provides state-of-the-art training and concert facilities. 
  • Design work made use of the very latest acoustic modelling and auralisation facilities.
  • The concert hall is a fully isolated ‘box-in-box’ masonry construction.

Milton Court is a new venue for the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, providing state-of-the-art training and concert facilities to almost 900 students. This will allow the school to increase its programme in terms of variety, scope and volume, whilst continuing to attract the most highly regarded teachers and best students internationally. The venue won the 2015 USITT’s Architecture Merit Award.

The venue is comprised of a 608 seat concert hall plus two theatres (with 223 seats and a studio), three rehearsal rooms, TV studio suite, departments for costume, wigs and make-up, office space, tutorial rooms and public foyers.

Arup was appointed to provide acoustic consultancy services to ensure the highest-quality sound in all performance and studying spaces. We worked closely with RHWL Arts Team during the design and held rigorous acoustics trials to test the acoustics in Milton Court’s concert hall, theatres and rehearsal rooms.

The concert hall has a variable acoustic system and automated stage extension systems to allow for the swift change from school rehearsal to public performance use. The acoustics can be adjusted to make the room suitable for orchestral use, and for amplified and speech related activities.

With a major series of concerts programmed by The Barbican Centre and featuring resident orchestras – The Academy of Ancient Music and The Britten Sinfonia – the concert hall is already proving an important commercial venue for classical music in London.


  • A photo of theatre goers listening to a musical performance, featuring a grand piano on stage, inside Milton Court’s Concert Hall. Copyright Morley von Sternberg.Open gallery

    Arup was appointed to provide acoustic consultancy services to ensure the highest quality sound in all performance and studying spaces.