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 will bring 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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Rising to seven storeys, the building's exterior will be utilise 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 entirely open to the public

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Progress on site

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Massing diagram illustrating copper-coloured metal framework

City
Manchester, UK
Uses
Culture, Education
Client
Manchester Metropolitan University
Status
Current
Size
12,300 sqm
Environmental credentials
Targeting BREEAM Very Good
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Structure: Arup

Services: Arup

Acoustics: SRL

Cost: Turner & Townsend

Access: Turner & Townsend

Sustainability: Arup

Theatre: CharcoalBlue