Manchester Metropolitan University Arts and Humanities Building

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This expansion of the university's teaching, cultural and public spaces, dovetails with the adjacent Grade II listed Grosvenor Building - the original Manchester School of Art - to create a unified arts centre at the heart of MMU's All Saints campus. The building is designed to encourage strong public engagement through a porous and active ground floor with many uses. It brings together a dynamic mix of the performing arts, media, and languages alongside the newly established Manchester Poetry Library, a cafe/restaurant, public foyers, exhibition space and a 180-seat studio theatre. The project strengthens the bond between the university and its city, showcasing its creative strengths and cultural artefacts.

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The design takes advantage of its prominent location on Oxford Road

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Rising seven storeys, the building's exterior utilises light coloured concrete and copper coloured metallic elements

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Context

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The interior is structured around a four-storey atrium, the ground floor open to the public

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Walkways lead from the lifts and stairs to the heart of the building

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The design and configuration of the new building facilitates inter-disciplinary work with flexible spaces fostering connections

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The new building's character, its sense of permanence and civic quality, reflect the aspirations and identity of the University

City
Manchester, UK
Uses
Culture, Education
Client
Manchester Metropolitan University
Status
Completed
Size
12,300 sqm
Environmental credentials
Targeting BREEAM Very Good
Awards

BD Higher Education Architect of the Year Award 2021, North West Construction Award Sub-regional Project of the Year 2020, North West Construction Award Digital Construction Award 2020,

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Structure: Arup

Services: Arup

Acoustics: SRL

Cost: Turner & Townsend

Access: Turner & Townsend

Sustainability: Arup

Theatre: CharcoalBlue