Building of the Year: MMU Arts and Humanities Building

Date: 01/02/2021
Author: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Company: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce

We are currently highlighting the buildings that have been shortlisted for the Greater Manchester Chamber Building of the Year Award 2020.

This time we are focusing on the MMU Arts and Humanities Building. Reaching seven storeys at its highest point, and with a retained Grade II listed façade, the old blends with the new to provide a c13,000 sqm facility which includes a high specification theatre at its core with state-of-the-art performance, recording and audio spaces throughout. The building also offers a commercial café/ restaurant, lecture theatre, teaching and office spaces. 

Built on the site of the old Mabel Tylecote Building, the Arts and Humanities building provides an inspirational venue on the Oxford Road corridor for high-quality teaching by award-winning writers, artists and journalists, and further links Manchester Metropolitan University to the wider city through shared cultural projects. 

The building will house the North West’s first Poetry Library, (one of only four in the UK and the only one within a University) alongside the prestigious Manchester Writing School - led by Creative Director and Poet Laureate Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy; 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 University Language Centre. 

As part of the thriving Faculty of Arts and Humanities, this new facility will support a growing need for training in the expanding creative and media industries in the region, as well as providing a unique cultural hub within Manchester Metropolitan University. 

The aim of the Building of the Year Award is to recognise a building’s contribution to Greater Manchester in terms of construction and development.   

The award will be presented at the Chamber Property & Construction Awards Dinner on 14th October 2021.