First Birthday Celebration For HOME At First Street

HOME celebrated its first birthday very recently and continues to attract national recognition for its concept, design and vision as a multi-art performance facility. It has celebrated its 1,000,000th visitor in its first year which is double what had been anticipated, demonstrating its regional and national success.

Part of Manchester City Council’s First Street Regeneration Scheme, the iconic development has been recognised for world-class design and construction, winning prestigious RICS, RIBA and NW Property Award. Collaborative working with Manchester City Council, Ask Developments, and Carillion and Wates Construction enabled support to 35 sustainable apprenticeships.

What has been integral to the scheme’s success has been the legacy left by Wates Construction.  Committed to increasing community engagement, Wates worked with HOME to apply for funding from The Wates Family Enterprise Trust’s charitable programme, Wates Giving. They were successfully awarded £30,000 which allowed the appointment of a Work Based Training Manager. This has resulted in fantastic local community success including:

  • 283 volunteer engagements, 10 gained jobs at HOME, 2 apprentice recruitments and 1 paid internship in the Technical Theatre team
  • 4900 people have participated in Creative Careers Days, Digital Skills Workshops and a range of other training sessions
  • Hosted a ‘Big Conversation’ event attended by 100 young people through the Greater Manchester Talent Match and Supported Streetwise Opera’s production of The Passion, a charity that works with people who have experienced homelessness.
  • Age Friendly Manchester: Worked with the organisation to create opportunities and access for over 50s to the volunteer programme

This scheme shows that through a partnership approach and with the client articulating clearly their requirements and the contractor working hard to deliver them, there can be massive gains to the local economy in social value terms.

“This is a building which is full of ambition. Ambition for the city as an international leader; ambition for artists and arts organisations to work together in an exceptional venue and ambition for the people of the city who deserve work that will be exciting, challenging and life changing.” Alison Clark-Jenkins, Director, North and National Director, Combined Arts at Arts Council England.

“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

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