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.
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: