COLLEAGUES are invited to a public exhibition next week to see proposals for a new Arts and Media building for Manchester Metropolitan.
The University is preparing a planning application for a new building on the All Saints Campus, which will provide a new home for departments within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
The building will include a new 350-seat theatre at its core; performance, recording and audio facilities; as well as teaching and office space. There will also be a series of spaces for the public, such as a new Manchester Poetry Library, a public café, and exhibition space.
The University’s vision is to provide an inspirational venue on the Oxford Road corridor, which opens up the University to the City through shared projects and cultural activities. Some of the benefits could include:
- Increased opportunities for engagement with key cultural organisations in the city and contribute to the cultural offer of Manchester
- Connections with the Grosvenor Building, improving the visibility, accessibility and supporting facilities for the Holden Gallery
- Bringing an underused site back into use with a new, fully accessible landmark building
- Additional teaching, rehearsing and office space for the Manchester School of Theatre and other departments within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, including the Manchester School of Art.
- Returning the historic portico to its original use as a primary grand entrance into a building of status
The University is holding a public exhibition in Geoffrey Manton Building from 10am on Monday 3 October until 4pm on Friday 7 October, where you will be able to find out more about the background to the proposals and the design of the new building.
Members of the project team will be there between 1pm and 4pm on 5 October and 7 October, and will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Board of Governor approval for the arts and media project will be sought subject to full planning consent being granted by Manchester City Council.