The Arts & Humanities Building will be an eight storey building providing high-quality flexible floor space to meet contemporary aspirations of the University brief.

The stone Portico to the front (Cavendish Street) elevation is connected to the Grosvenor building. It was constructed in the 19th century and is grade II listed. This will be preserved and ultimately used as the main entrance to the Arts & Humanities building. It is the only significant retained element of the previous Mabel Tylecote structure.

With typical floor-to-floor height of 4m, a generous ground floor-to-floor height of 5.1m and a 4m floor-to floor height basement. The total overall height of the building from ground threshold level to the parapet line of the highest point will be 33.3m. The scale and presence of the building is appropriate to its location within the overall master plan and existing and emerging surrounding buildings.

The rooftop plant spaces are incorporated within the building envelope to avoid ‘pop up’ plant above the parapet.

The site footprint is approximately 52m by 51m and the proposed building has a total gross internal area of around 12,500 m2.

The basement is formed with contiguous piles around the external perimeter, foundations are pads founded on CFA piling. The structural frame is a combination of structural in-situ concrete and structural steelwork, the steelwork is used to form the theatre and roof / plant areas.

The facade will consist of GRC cladding and metal cladding elements formed as unitised frames typically holding a single double glazed unit but at the upper levels - where glazing isn’t required - the glass will be replaced by a perforated metal panel in the same finish as the frame. The finish will be a painted metallic copper colour deliberately contrasting to the light coloured concrete.

The building is designed to house a number of specific departments from within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities along with building-wide operational spaces, public spaces and circulation. These can be summarised as follows:


• Theatre backstage including wardrobe, dressing rooms, prop store.

• Staff/student changing

• Audience WCs

• Tuition rooms

• Stores

• Plant


Ground Floor - Public

• 180 seat theatre, open to the public for student shows and other events.

• Public foyer.

• Backstage spaces including scenery workshop.

• Lecture Theatre.

• Public cafe/bar/restaurant.

• Poetry Library - lending library open to public and students.

• Main reception

• Goods in/out


First and Second Floors - Acting/Media

• Performing arts studios

• Acting staff offices

• Tuition rooms

• Television studios

• Radio studios

• Edit suites

• Theatre control room


Third Floor - Media

• News room

• Mac labs

• Classrooms

Social learning space

• Meeting rooms

• Terrace


Fourth Floor - Languages

• Language Lab

• Class rooms


Fifth Floor

• Academic offices

• Staff room

• Meeting space


Sixth Floor

• Plant


Seventh Floor

• Plant

Completion of the capping beam to the contiguous piling, installation of horizontal props to retain the adjacent buildings. Excavation to basement level.

Address Manchester Metropolitan University
Arts & Humanities Building
Cavendish Street, Off Lower Ormond Street
M15 6BG

If you are travelling Eastbound on the Mancunian Way

•You are on the east bound carriageway of the Mancunian Way (A57)

•Take theA5103exit towards M'cr Airport / Birmingham

•At the roundabout, take the2ndexit ontoA5103

•Follow this road At the roundabout, take the3rdexit onto Cambridge St/A5067

•Continue straight onto Higher Cambridge St

•Turn left onto Boundary St W

•Boundary St W turns left and becomes Higher Ormond St


If you are entering from on Oxford Road.

•Head North down Oxford Road

•Turn right onto Brancaster Street just past Tesco Express and follow the road round onto Clock Street

•When you reach the junction to the A34 turn right and follow the South until you see the sign for the Aquatic Centre Car Park on your right.

•Turn right at the Aquatic Centre Car Park sign down Booth Street East until you reach the traffic lights for Higher Cambridge Street on your right

•Turn right down Higher Cambridge Street then take another right onto Boundary Street West

•Follow Boundary Street West round to the left onto Higher Ormond Street

•Follow Higher Ormond Street until you see the Morgan Sindall site on your right

Site Entrance
Parking available no
Length of Visit 50 Minutes
Maximum Group Size 8
Register by March 14, 2018
Disabled Access no
Child Restrictions yes

Minimum age 16 years old

Gill Roberts

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