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Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to creating a truly world-class campus in the heart of Manchester. It continues to make a considerable investment in transforming its estate to ensure that it is fit for purpose, enhances the student experience and supports the highest quality research and training.

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Where is the site?

The site is located within the All Saints Campus, next to the Grosvenor and Geoffrey Manton Buildings. The Mabel Tylecote Building currently stands on the site, but is no longer in use by the University and is in the process of being demolished.

What is proposed?

‌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.

The new Arts and Humanities building brings together a dynamic mix of Conservatoire Acting and Drama alongside a Poetry Library, one of the most successful Creative Writing Schools in the country, an exciting new Multimedia Journalism programme with TV and Radio studios as well as the University Language Centre.

As part of the Faculty for Arts and Humanities, this new facility will support a growing need for training in the expanding creative and media industries in the region; as such it underpins the University's commitment to nurture the next generation of innovators.

Interacting with parts of the University's Special Collections (an accredited museum) and the adjacent Holden Gallery, it provides a unique cultural offer at the heart of the campus overlooking All Saints Square. The listed portico to Grosvenor Square will be incorporated into the new building as a striking entrance design feature.


The proposed development would deliver a number of benefits including:

  • Contribute to the cultural offer of Manchester City Centre and the Oxford Road cultural corridor
  • Provide additional teaching, rehearsal and office space for the Faculty of Arts and Humanities
  • Provide a new landmark building
  • Bring a vacant, underused site within the University campus back into use
  • Return the historic portico to its original use as a primary grand entrance into a building of status
  • Increase opportunities for increased engagement with key cultural organisations in the City.

Next steps

A planning application has been submitted. Manchester City Council will carry out further consultation before reaching a decision.

Board of Governor approval for the project is sought subject to full planning consent being granted by Manchester City Council