The Bridgewater Hall is a concert venue in the centre of Manchester, on lower Mosley Street, opposite Manchester Central Exhibition Centre.
The hall is the home of the world famous Hallé orchestra, which was previously housed in the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, which had been damaged in World War 2, and was felt to have poor acoustics. The Bridgewater Hall opened in 1996.
The hall can seat over 2300 people in four tiers. The building sits on a foundation of earthquake proof isolation that insulate the building from extraneous noise and vibrations, such as the nearby tram line. The building rests on 280 steel springs.
Although primarily designed for classical music, being the home of the Hallé and the BBC Philharmonic, it is a venue for many other genres of music including folk, country and rock.