Arts and Humanities Building

A New Creative Hub for Arts and Humanities


The development of a new creative hub for Arts and Humanities at Manchester Metropolitan University is well underway.

Situated in a prime location, on the Oxford Road corridor, this modern building will create an inspirational venue for training the next generation of actors, writers, journalists and linguists.

The building will house a new Poetry Library alongside the prestigious Manchester Writing School - led by Creative Director and Poet Laureate Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE; as well as a 180-seat auditorium for Manchester School of Theatre productions; an exciting new Multimedia Journalism programme with in-house TV and radio studios; and the Language Centre.

The University has an impressive reputation for training some of the UK’s most renowned actors and leading writers - such as Julie Walters, Richard Griffiths, Bernard Hill, David Threlfall, Anthony Sher and winners of the Costa First Novel Award and Forward Poetry Prize. This new facility will support the growing need for training in the expanding creative and media industries in the region, as well as providing a cultural hub within Manchester Metropolitan University.

This six story structure will be connected to the Grade-II listed Grosvenor Building – home to The Holden Gallery - and will provide space to exhibit items from the University’s vast Special Collections.

The listed portico to Grosvenor Square will be re-established as the principal entrance of the new building, which will welcome the public as well as students. Public spaces on the ground floor will include a generous atrium and foyer space for exhibitions and events; and a cafe, bar and restaurant.


Interested in seeing how the new Arts and Humanities building is developing so far?
Watch a timelapse of the construction: Sept - Oct 2018 | Nov - Dec 2018


Key Features of the New Arts and Humanities Building

Students and staff of The Manchester Writing School, Manchester School of Theatre, The Language Centre and the Multimedia Journalism course will benefit from a range of high-spec facilities and spaces in the new building, including:

Poetry Library Poetry Library

The new Manchester Poetry Library will become the fourth poetry library in the UK, joining the Poetry Library at the Southbank Centre, in London, the Northern Poetry Library in Morpeth, and the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, and will be a cultural resource for the Northwest. It will be the only one of these libraries to be created and supported by a university.

Poetry Library Studio Theatre

A fully equipped flexible theatre space with a 180 seats, capable of multiple configurations: thrust, flat floor, in the round etc. The theatre will be supported by a full suite of backstage facilities including dressing rooms, scenery workshop and green room.

Poetry Library Movement Studios

Light filled, generous double height studio spaces situated in an elevated position overlooking the park. These studios will provide teaching space for larger groups and rehearsal space for shows. One of the studios will be fully equipped for productions with smaller audiences, complete with control room and lighting rig.

Poetry Library Acting and Voice Studios

A suite of eight teaching studios will be provided to support School of Theatre activity. All fully acoustically sealed, these rooms will be fitted out with sprung floors, AV facilities, drapes and generous ceiling heights.

Poetry Library TV and Radio Studios

A state of the art, professional television studio will primarily support the Multimedia Journalism course but will also be available to other disciplines. Situated in a dedicated wing of the building it will be the central component in a suite of multimedia spaces including radio studios and edit suites.

Poetry Library Tuition Rooms

A series of acoustically isolated individual tuition rooms will be provided for one on one voice and singing work.