Case Study

Libraries & Cultural

Home At First Street


Manchester City Council
Wates Construction
August 2013
April 2015
Libraries & Cultural
Form of Contract
NEC 3 Option
Delivery Type
Design & Construct

HOME, the award winning centre for international contemporary visual art, theatre and film, is a new purpose-built complex in Manchester city centre and England’s largest multi-art form centre outside London.

The new £24m centre boasts a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat flexible studio space, a 500m2 gallery, five cinema screens, digital production and broadcast facilities, a café bar and restaurants.

The project has opened up many opportunities for local people and businesses. Key highlights include:

  • ‘Meet The Buyer’ event held to maximise opportunities for local businesses and suppliers.
  • Collaborative working with Manchester City Council, Ask Developments and a neighbouring contractor to support sustainable apprenticeship opportunities through the Greater Manchester GTA. Over 35 apprenticeship opportunities were realised across the scheme.
  • Open doors event delivered which saw the local community invited to the development during project works.
  • White Van Roadshow – supporting construction teams on site, the contractor delivered a White Van Roadshow during the works. This two day event saw all staff and supply chain members attend health and safety roadshows, and have individual health checks and occupational workshops.
  • The contractor hosted the first in a series of events for The Association of Women in Property on site at First Street, forming part of their commitment to celebrating leading females in the industry.


“HOME is not just First Street’s cultural heart but is acting as a catalyst to further transformation of the area, attracting other investment and jobs and making a significant contribution to the vibrant mix which makes Manchester a desirable place to be for residents, visitors and businesses alike.”
Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council