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The Bridgewater Hall is Manchester’s iconic and prestigious concert venue; built to provide the best possible space for live music, whilst also offering a unique and exciting environment for a range of conferences and events. Officially opened by Her Majesty The Queen, and having been home to some of the world’s most celebrated musical acts, the Hall is an exceptional and inspiring setting for any event. It has an outstanding reputation for delivering major conferences, AGMs and exhibitions as well as a range of hospitality and private events, training sessions and board meetings. With superb facilities and in-house teams boasting a wealth of expertise in running events on all scales, all the support you need is available in-house, and the Conference & Events team will work with you from initial enquiry until event completion to ensure your ideas and inspiration come to life in this special space.

Located in the heart of the city centre, opposite Manchester Central and with excellent links to hotels and leisure facilities, the venue can cater for all events, from intimate meetings to large-scale conferences of over 1800 delegates.

‘The entire building stands on almost 300 springs, to eliminate any noise or vibrations from the city outside’


Types of Events Our flexible spaces are perfect for a wide range of events.

Receptions & Dinners With innovative menus and a welcoming atmosphere, we can offer the ideal space for sophisticated and stylish parties, networking and hospitality events

Exhibitions Spacious foyer spaces, overlooking Manchester city centre, offer a stunning backdrop for exhibitions

Corporate Hospitality Our world-class concerts are a great opportunity to host fantastic client and networking events. For more information, please see page 18


Conferences & Meetings A modern and inspiring environment for 1 to 1800 delegates

Wine Tasting Bright, open spaces with bespoke wine tasting packages provide the perfect forum to showcase wines and spirits

Training Courses Workshops, training and team building sessions work effectively in a venue filled with creativity and energy


‘There is a mouse carved inside the organ behind the pipes at the top, watching over all the events and concerts in this beautiful hall’


The Auditorium At the heart of The Bridgewater Hall lies the magnificent Auditorium. Modern and comfortable, the Auditorium offers tiered seating over four levels and a large open platform with built-in stage lifts for total flexibility. The Auditorium can be hired as part of an exclusive Whole Facility rental, which includes en-suite changing rooms, warm up rooms and crew rooms, as well as the Front of House foyer spaces and smaller function rooms.

1800 theatre style — Air handling — Technical equipment available — Loading bay with direct access to stage


‘The axis of the building points directly to the Town Hall, and the heart of Manchester city centre’


Barbirolli Room Impressive high ceilings, stunning full length windows, and modern bright décor make this room the perfect space for a range of events. The layout is very versatile and can be arranged to suit a variety of conference set ups, with a moveable partition wall that can be put in place for smaller numbers. High quality technical facilities are available and can be hired as a package with technical assistance. The room can be used in conjunction with the adjacent foyer spaces, which offer the ideal breakout area for registration, catering and networking.

250 theatre style — Air handling — Natural daylight & blackout facilities — Technical package available


Circle Foyer This bright, glass-fronted foyer has views across Manchester city centre, and is a beautiful backdrop for receptions, dinners, exhibitions and networking events. A versatile and light space, it is also popular as a location for photography and filming.

Deryck Healey’s beautiful metal rippling sculpture runs up the building, linking the front of house spaces

Used in conjunction with the Barbirolli room, it provides a spacious registration and catering area adjacent to the main conference, and can also be used for workshops and breakout sessions.

240 seated dining capacity — Natural daylight — Lift access — Up to 35 table top stands

Circle Foyer

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Choir Circle Foyer Located on the level below the Circle foyer, this is a more intimate foyer space which can also be used alongside the Barbirolli room as a registration and catering area for up to 100 delegates.

Power available — Natural daylight — Lift access


Green Room Our smallest meeting room, the Green room works perfectly for meetings, seminars, workshops and small receptions or dinners. Located back of house, it offers an exciting glimpse into life backstage.

40 theatre style — Catering served in the room — Natural daylight Green Room

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Charles Hallé Room Situated on the ground floor, close to the main entrance, this room is easily accessible and a popular choice for seminars and training sessions. An adjacent foyer space is included in the hire for registration and catering.

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Level 2 — 250 theatre style — 136 cabaret style — Height: 9m

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Level 2 (back of house) — 40 theatre style — 24 cabaret style — 18 boardroom style — Height: 3.08m

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Stage Plan The Auditorium stage is easily accessed from the loading bay, offering a direct route for production vehicles. It is a large wooden platform with built-in stage lifts allowing the back sections to be set at different levels.


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Catering Our experienced and skilled in-house Bars and Catering team offers a range of innovative and delicious menus to cater for all occasions; from breakfasts and buffets, to receptions and banqueting. Whatever your requirements, our Head Chef can produce the perfect menu, and our professional and friendly team will ensure the service is seamless.


Locally-sourced produce — Special dietary requirement expertise

AV From small meetings to large-scale conferences, The Bridgewater Hall has a wide range of high quality technical facilities available in-house to support your event. Our experienced technical team are on site to assist throughout your event, and we can also work in conjunction with external production companies.

Special conference AV packages — Wifi available throughout venue


Concert Hospitality Our world-class concert programme provides a wonderful opportunity to treat your clients, staff or friends to a spectacular evening of entertainment and hospitality. Hosting over 250 concerts a year, and covering a diverse range of musical genres including classical, pop, jazz, rock and many more, there are events to suit all tastes. We have spaces suitable for entertaining small groups, or up to 150 guests pre-concert, during the interval, and post-concert, and have creative catering options to meet all your needs. The Conference & Events team can help put together the perfect package for you, including coordinating your ticket booking, planning your menu, and even arranging for programmes and ice cream to be brought to the room for your guests. In addition, they can offer advice and assistance with sourcing live entertainment and room dressing to make the evening extra special, or to theme your event around the concert. For details of upcoming concerts, you can visit the What’s On pages of our website or request a brochure from the Conference & Events team.


Exclusive hospitality spaces — Range of catering options — Group booking discounts available

Elbow & the HallĂŠ

Jamie Cullum

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Contact the Conference & Events Team Tel: 0161 950 0000 Email:

Fax: 0161 950 0001

The Bridgewater Hall, Lower Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3WS

Car Parking & Public Transport Limited car parking is available at The Bridgewater Hall for production vehicles, dependent on the space hired. The nearest car parks for delegates are Park Avenue, NCP Manchester Central, NCP Great Northern or NCP Oxford Street. Centrally located, The Bridgewater Hall is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest stations and stops are: Metrolink — St Peter’s Square Bus — (major routes into the city centre) St Peter’s Square, Portland Street or Deansgate Rail — Deansgate or Oxford Road












The Bridgewater Hall Lower Mosley Street Manchester M2 3WS

Image credits Isy & Lee Anderson Ben Blackall David Burrows William Ellis (page 19) David Lake

The Bridgewater Hall Conferences & Events brochure 2015