Case Study


Arts and Humanities Building, Manchester Metropolitan University


Manchester Metropolitan University
Morgan Sindall
April 2017
June 2018
Form of Contract
JCT 2011
Delivery Type
Design and Build

A new home for MMU’s faculties of Acting, Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences featuring a high specification theatre at its core, and retained Grade II listed facade to the exterior.
The building replaces the 1970’s Mabel Tylecote facility on Oxford Road and forms part of an estate wide investment programme. It will provide fit-for-purpose facilities which enhance the student experience and support the university’s high standards of research and teaching.

• The original construction of Mabel Tylecote included the retention of the Grade II listed doric portico of the old Chorlton-Upon-Medlock Town Hall, which was constructed in 1830. The portico is the only surviving remnant of this building and will again be retained in the new development.
• Reaching seven storeys at its highest point, the new c13,000 sqm facility will include a high specification theatre at its core with state-of-the-art performance, recording and audio spaces throughout. Also included are scenery workshops,
costume stores and professional standard dressing rooms.
• The building will also offer a commercial café/ restaurant, ancillary teaching and office spaces.

BIM Level 2
• BIM level 2 has been utilised on this project with a 3D model used to assist communication of the design concept to client and help involve client in design decisions.
• 4D software has been used to optimise the sequence of construction. This has been integral to informing the complex construction of the basement level within a highly constrained city centre site.
• The Design Team have held regular BIM clash coordination workshops during Stage 4 and part of Stage 5 design.

‘The design of the new building as a space of encounter on the Manchester knowledge corridor will enhance the City’s cultural offer and build the University’s connections with the wider community.’ Professor Malcolm Press, MMU Vice-Chancellor