From September 2015, the University will be temporarily relocating a number of staff and students from the following academic areas – the Manchester School of Theatre; Filmmaking, Multimedia Journalism, Creative Writing, Languages, and our public engagement programme, Humanities in Public.
The move is to a superb period building only a short walk from All Saints, at 70 Oxford Street (formerly known as the Cornerhouse). The building will be named Number 70 and become an exciting and vibrant University hub for the performing arts, culture and media.
The majority of the original features of the building will remain in situ with the main social areas, bar and café, galleries and performance spaces being utilised by staff and students for their teaching, learning and socialising.
We will also be re-opening many of the windows and rooms on the upper floors to provide light-filled performance and production spaces – it is a superbly flexible building for the teaching and practice of these subject areas.
The temporary relocation is to enable us to manage the removal of the Mabel Tylecote building, further along the Oxford Road, which is being replaced with a stunning new University Arts and Cultural Hub that is planned to open in September 2018. On behalf of our programme teams and professional student services, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you to the University’s new arts, culture and media hub at Number 70 this September.
This is a warm and welcoming space for staff, students and visitors. The majority of the existing facilities on the level are being retained, including the main café / bar areas with hot and cold drinks and food available.
The main café areas will serve as smart spaces for our students to socialise between classes, with views along Oxford Road, quick and easy access to the main campus, Manchester city centre and just moments away from the adjacent mainline railway station.
The ground floor will become home for a new curated series of art works. We are planning to use the current shop as a pop-up arts and culture shop for students from both faculty areas to promote their work and sell their wares during the academic year; it also serves as an additional student social learning area.
A reception hub will be staffed to ensure all MMU staff, students and visitors are greeted on arrival. The reception area has stairs and lifts to all six levels of the building, two lower levels, the four floors above and the linked Annexe rooms.
A short walk from the reception and café area, this is a fabulous teaching space for up to 40 students; the room is light-filled with dual aspect windows and a balcony area for breaks between classes.
The Annexe room will be fully-fitted with Wi-Fi and AV, providing a highly flexible teaching space for seminars, tutorials and general teaching.
Directly below the annexe is a further, similar-sized room, which is suitable for tutorials and seminars.
Moving down stairs from the reception area, the two main cinema rooms will be retained along with the existing seating and projection equipment (including 35mm and digital projection).
Lecture theatre / cinema one is the larger of the two with around 150 seats, and lecture theatre / cinema two with c.50 seats, both provide comfortable spaces for group teaching and learning.
The theatre, filmmaking and writing schools, along with the languages department will be using the theatres for practical, course-related and research purposes. It is also anticipated that we will develop a series of evening / weekend screenings for students, guests and the public which are relevant to the subject areas.
This is a smart space with two primary purposes – for teaching / social activities, and staff offices.
An open plan multimedia suite of desks and equipment for Multimedia Journalism students will sit adjacent to open plan learning spaces for collaborative working with full Wi-Fi and MMU connections. This area is light-filled with superb views across Oxford Street, and become a hub for students.
The second area is for staff offices to support students from across the subject areas.
Currently used as gallery spaces, this floor will become an open plan media and film studio. There is a large open plan staff office on this floor, which will be a modern and appealing area in which to work at the heart of the building with views out across Oxford Street.
This floor is the primary location for the Manchester School of Theatre in the building. It will feature a large, open plan movement studio for rehearsals and training. Adjacent to this is a large voice studio, which will allow students to practice and refine their vocal skills. The staff for the school will be located nearby in bespoke offices with superb views along the Oxford Street; it is an exciting place to work, study and learn.
Similar to the third floor, as the home of the Manchester School of Theatre and at the top of the building, this will feature a large open-plan movement studio for rehearsals and performance. An additional acting studio will complement this space.
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