New Work: Manchester Metropolitan University arts and media building

The practice has unveiled its design for a new faculty building at Manchester Metropolitan University. Situated on the University’s All Saints campus, Allies and Morrison has ¬†been commissioned to create a new home for departments within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities including theatre, languages, creative writing and journalism. In doing so, the project seeks to redevelop a prominent site on the City’s Oxford Road corridor which was occupied by the Mabel Tylecote Building.

The proposals provide for 12,500 sqm of new educational, cultural and public spaces, dovetailing with the adjacent Grade II listed Grosvenor Building – the original Manchester School of Art – to create a unified university arts centre. As well as new areas for teaching, the building is being designed to encourage strong public engagement through a porous and active ground floor with many uses. These include the newly established Manchester Poetry Library, a cafe/restaurant, public foyers/exhibition space and a 2000-seat studio theatre.

Subject to planning approval, the building is to be completed by 2019.