ARTS AND HUMANITIES BUILDING

Manchester Metropolitan University

Situated on the University’s All Saints campus, the proposals provide for more than 12,000 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 areas for teaching, the building is designed to encourage strong public engagement through a porous and active ground floor with many uses.

The project will connect the University to the city showcasing its creative strengths and cultural artefacts. It will bring together a dynamic mix of conservatoire acting and drama, alongside the newly established Manchester Poetry Library. Rising to seven levels above ground, the new building will also include a cafe/restaurant, public foyers, exhibition space and a 180-seat studio theatre.

The design takes advantage of its prominent location on Oxford Road, establishing a unique identity whilst also carefully integrating the existing listed portico of the former Chorlton-on-Medlock town hall which will be re-established as the building’s principal entrance.

Team

Client
Manchester Metropolitan University
Architect 
Allies and Morrison
Structural engineer
Arup
Service engineer
Arup
Theatre consultant 
Charcoalblue
Cost consultant
Turner & Townsend
Project manager 
Turner & Townsend
Access consultant 
Turner & Townsend

Data

Area
12,300 sqm
BREEAM target
Very Good
Location
Cavendish Street,
Manchester