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The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre at University of Liverpool

The University of Liverpool’s new Yoko Ono Lennon Centre houses the 600-seat Tung Auditorium with space for a 70-piece orchestra, as well as the state-of-the-art 600-seat Paul Brett Lecture Theatre, offering students a world-class teaching experience. The building forms a key gateway to the University campus with a ‘pocket park’ and new public realm.


  • MSA Award Winner

  • Shortlisted - Brick Development Awards

The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre at The University of Liverpool
The Yoko Ono Lennon Centre at The University of Liverpool

The aim was to create a performance space that sit alongside the UK’s leading concert venues, such as the Liverpool Philharmonic which is situated not far away on Grove Street. It will also be the new home to the Music Department’s popular Lunchtime Concert Series and will develop a programme of new public-facing cultural highlights including concerts, lectures as well as other events in the University calendar, including their annual Lit Fest and Open House series.

The building has completed a key gateway onto the University campus and provides a new public facing front door that will make a significant contribution to the cultural life of the institution and city of Liverpool.

The Centre is named in honour of Yoko Ono Lennon, honorary University of Liverpool graduate, campaign ambassador, cultural icon and long-standing philanthropic supporter to the University. Read all about this announcement here.


I am thrilled to be recognised with the naming of the new performance centre at the University of Liverpool. Thank you to the University and to the people of Liverpool for this wonderful honour. Liverpool has become part of me from years of going there, and with this new centre part of me will always be there – for that I’m very thankful. I think John is smiling about it too.

Yoko Ono Lennon



We are thrilled to be welcoming people to the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre and The Tung Auditorium - a world class venue designed by University of Liverpool architecture graduates.

University of Liverpool Vice-Chancellor, Dame Professor Janet Beer



Due to its cutting edge design, The Tung Auditorium is possibly the finest concert hall in the world. The excellent acoustics will bring out the very best creativity in anyone who uses it, from students, tutors, youth groups, and amateur ensembles, to internationally acclaimed visiting artists.

Richard Hartwell, The Tung Auditorium Artistic Director



We are very proud of what the Yoko Ono Lennon Centre offers not only the University, but also the city and region. As well as offering a busy programme of public performance, our students will benefit from involvement in all aspects of The Tung Auditorium’s operation, from front of house to sound technician roles, delivering so much valuable experience as they look towards their careers.

Professor Catherine Tackley BA (Hons), PGCE, PhD, Head of the Department of Music



This has been a tremendously rewarding project for the team to work on. Several of us are alumni of the University so it was even more of a personal connection to the project than normal, with a desire to deliver something special on this site.

Mushtaq Saleri, Senior Associate, Ellis Williams


Project Team
Client: The University of Liverpool
Contractor: ULCCo Special Projects
Architects: Ellis Williams Architects (Joerg Domian, Nikki Hills, Jade Meeks, Mushtaq Saleri, Dominic Williams)
Landscape Architects: BCAL / Structural Engineer: Booth King Partnership / Acoustic & Venues Consultancy:
Arup / MEP: Futureserv, A&B Engineering / Quantity Surveyor: RLB / Fire Engineer: Omega Fire / Venue
Engineering: AdLib / Access Consultancy: E3Cubed / CDM Consultant: KOK
Photographs: Paul McMullin & Mark McNulty


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