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31 May 2022
AO Arena, Victoria Station Approach, Hunts Bank,
Design: HOK
AO Arena Manchester indoor venue building
image : HOK
AO Arena Manchester building
ASM Global and HOK have announced an ambitious plan to transform the iconic AO Arena in Manchester. Set to begin this summer, the £50-million renovation will enhance the venue’s position as a premier destination for live entertainment through innovative new guest amenities and significant infrastructure improvements.

24 May 2022
The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater is 2022 RIBA North West Building of the Year
The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater
photo © Peter Cook
The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater
The Welcome Building, RHS Garden Bridgewater by Hodder + Partners has been announced as the 2022 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) North West Building of the Year. The Welcome Building at RHS Garden Bridgewater is a sustainable, engaging, and considered ‘public pavilion’ which has been designed and delivered to house all amenities for visitors to RHS Garden Bridgewater.

4 Mar 2022
Tower of Light, Lower Mosley Street, M1 5HA
Architects: Tonkin Liu
Tower of Light and Wall of Energy Manchester
image courtesy of architecture practice
Tower of Light and Wall of Energy, Manchester
The Tower of Light is a 40-metre tall tower supporting and enclosing flues for a new low-carbon energy centre in Manchester’s city centre. The biomimetic structure has built on the decade- long innovation and research, Shell Lace Structure, pioneered by Tonkin Liu and developed in collaboration with engineers at Arup.

4 Mar 2022
School Of Digital Arts (SODA) Manchester Metropolitan University
Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios ; façade lighting: Studiotech
School Of Digital Arts (SODA) Manchester Metropolitan University

2 Mar 2022
Contact Manchester theatre and arts venue, Oxford Road
Design: Sheppard Robson
Contact Manchester theatre and arts venue by Architects Sheppard Robson
photo : Adrian Lambert
Contact Manchester theatre and arts venue
Contact, the UK’s leading theatre and arts venue with young people at its heart, has reopened its doors to the public following a major refurbishment and extension. This has been driven by a project team that includes architects Sheppard Robson, Max Fordham as M&E and acoustic engineers, Civic as structural engineers and Theatre Projects as theatre consultants.

18 Feb 2022
WaterSHED sports hall, Wardle Academy, Rochdale, Lancashire, north west England, UK
Design: BDP
WaterSHED sports hall Rochdale Wardle Academy by BDP
photos courtesy of architects office
WaterSHED sports hall at Wardle Academy, Rochdale
Interdisciplinary design consultancy, BDP has completed the innovative transformation of a school sports hall in Rochdale to create an exciting suite of classrooms, dining and social spaces. The new facility will enable the Watergrove Trust to meet an urgent demand for school places and accommodate more teaching and associate staff jobs for the area.

11 Jan 2022
Rugby Football League Education and training base in Beswick, Beswick
Architect: Holmes Miller, Architects
Rugby Football League Facility Manchester pitch building
image courtesy of architects practice
Rugby Football League Facility in Manchester
Holmes Miller architects has submitted a planning application on behalf of the Rugby Football League (RFL) to Manchester City Council for its proposed new education and training facility in the Beswick area of the city. Land off Grey Mare Lane is the proposed site for a unique facility to be shared between Rugby League’s elite athletes, community players, coaches and match officials, and young people and adults from the local area.

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15 Dec 2021
Architects: Mecanoo
KAMPUS Manchester Metropolitan University
photo : Greg Holmes Photography
KAMPUS, former Manchester Metropolitan University
Utilising the qualities of the existing built structures – Victorian brick canal-side warehouses and the 1964 concrete tower – presents the opportunity to develop at the city block scale, creating new connections and a new destination. A melting pot of buildings and spaces, KAMPUS will celebrate the vibrancy and diversity of the city with respect to the historic quality of Canal Street.

27 November 2021
Excelsior Works, Castlefield Conservation Area
Architect: Tim Groom Architects
Excelsior Works by Tim Groom Architects
photo courtesy of Brick Awards / architects
Excelsior Works
The client’s brief was to design a residential scheme with a mix of one, two and three-bedroom apartments for individual private sale. Occupying the site of a former bookbinding works and sitting on the periphery of the Castlefield Conservation Area, the Client was keen for the scheme to pay tribute to both the site, and City’s industrial past.

4 Nov 2021
Manchester School of Architecture Visiting Professors

1 Nov 2021
Preston Mosque Design by AIDIA STUDIO

21 Sep 2021
The Factory
Architect: Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)

Opening date to be confirmed

The Factory Manchester, UK
image courtesy of architects practice

The Factory is a world-class cultural space being developed in the heart of Manchester backed by Manchester City Council, HM Government and Arts Council England. It has been designed by one of the world’s leading architects, Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and will be the architects’ first major public building in the UK.

At 13,300 square metres, The Factory will be ultra-flexible, enabling large-scale artistic work of invention and ambition that is not made anywhere else in the world. It will be a permanent home for the world-famous Manchester International Festival (MIF) commissioning and presenting a year-round programme of extraordinary, ground-breaking and interdisciplinary work by leading artists from across the world.

20 Sep 2021
Ryder Architecture new Manchester office
Ryder Architecture Manchester office news
photo courtesy of architects office
Ryder Architecture Manchester design office
Ryder has announced the opening of its new office location situated in Manchester. The opening of the practice’s fifth UK location marks an exciting evolution for the practice, particularly for its regional work in the north west. Having established a base in Liverpool in 2007, Ryder has developed strong connections within the local community and region.

10 Aug 2021
Manchester Museum Building Renewal
Design: Studio C102 with Mobile Studio Architects
Manchester Museum South Asia Gallery
photograph : Chris Bull, 22/7/21,
Manchester Museum Building Refurbishment
Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, has reached the final phase of its ambitious transformation project and it will temporarily close its doors so construction work can take place.

17 Jun 2021
Space Studios
Design: PRP Architects
Space Studios Manchester film facility building
image courtesy of architecture practice
Space Studios
PRP appointed as architect and masterplanner on the third expansion in eight years of Space Studios, Manchester’s key filming facility. The latest phase is set to expand the film studio to an overall size of 17 acres, with a total of 120,000 sq. ft of stage space.

19 May 2021
Manchester Engineering Campus Development News
MECD Manchester Engineering Campus Development
photo : Balfour Beatty
Manchester Engineering Campus Development
Construction of the largest home for engineering in any UK university has been completed. With the conclusion of the base build phase, the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) was handed over to the University of Manchester on Friday, 14 May 2021.

11 May 2021
Grafton Street Helipad Bridge
Design: Sheppard Robson Architects
Grafton Street Manchester hospital corridor in sky bridge
photo : Adrian Lambert
Manchester hospital corridor in sky bridge
Suspended 18m above street-level lies the new 130m-long link bridge that will boost accident and emergency treatment by enabling critically ill or injured patients to be transported by helicopter directly to the city-centre hospitals from around the region. This includes transport to the Emergency Departments at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI) and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital (RMCH) which are next to the link bridge.

25 Feb 2021
New multi-million pound Greater Manchester building marks two decades and 85 schools for leading architects

Leading North East practice Space Architects is celebrating 20 years of designing schools, with the submission of plans for their 85th building, a multi-million pound school in Hyde, Greater Manchester.

Plans for the new Belle Vue Academy in Hyde, Manchester, designed by leading North East practice Space Architects:
Belle Vue Academy in Hyde, Manchester
image courtesy of architects practice

The firm’s first secondary education project in the public sector was Blyth Community College, which opened in Northumberland in 2002. Since then, they have delivered eight schools for Gateshead Council, ten for Dumfries and Galloway Council in Scotland and five schools on the Isle of Wight, as well as facilities in Sunderland, Knowsley and Hull, amongst others.

Planning permission was submitted for the new multi-million pound Belle Vue Academy – a secondary school accommodating 1,200 students and up to 70 staff and sponsored by Co-op – in January. Work is expected to commence on site this summer providing 8,610sqm of space over three floors.

The school provides over 57 teaching and community spaces including an auditorium, dining areas and sports hall, in line with the Department for Education’s baseline designs.

The 85 schools across the UK designed by Space Architects include primaries, secondaries, special and free school schemes, totaling £800 million in design and build over the past two decades. Prior to their work in the public sector, the practice spent several decades designing private schools, before the then government’s PFI scheme saw significant investment in new state schools.

Space Architects worked with Sir Robert McAlpine on an ambitious timeline that will complete the project at pace. From the first client engagement meeting, through to planning submission took just two months, allowing the project to start on site in summer 2021 should the application be successful.

Paul Broadfoot, a Director at Space Architects, is leading the project. He said; “From the first client meeting in early November to full planning being submitted in January, was a remarkable achievement. It is a testament to the efforts of Sir Robert McAlpine and the design team, Manchester City Council and school sponsor Co-op. The collective drive of all stakeholders was evident in every meeting which pushed the envelope on creating an excellent educational facility that is not only a stunning design but also suits the specific teaching pedagogy of Co-op Academies.

“This building marks 20 years of school design for the practice. A lot has changed over the years in terms of the procurement, design and build of education schemes, but one thing that remains constant is our commitment to delivering buildings that improve people’s lives and make a difference to where they live, work, learn and play.

“Our work at a national level underlines the fact that from here in the region, we continue to make a positive contribution, both economically through job creation and retention, as well as flying the flag for North East creativity. With the current government pledging to ‘build, build, build’ over the coming years there is plenty of opportunity to continue to deliver exceptional buildings that make a real difference to local communities.”

Belle Vue Academy will be situated on the site of the former Showcase Cinema on Hyde Road in Manchester. For more than 140 years, the site was part of the well-known Belle Vue Zoological Gardens, from which the new school takes its name. A memorial stone located at the entrance to the site will be retained.

8 Jan 2021
Shelia Bird Studio Manchester Refurbishment Projects
Shelia Bird Studio Manchester buildings interior
image courtesy of architects practice
Shelia Bird Studio Manchester Refurbishment Projects
Independent design practice, Sheila Bird Studio, launches into 2021 with a new mantra, having completed four iconic Manchester refurbishment projects. The architectural company insists that offices and workspaces must have ‘a pulse’ in a post pandemic world.

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17 Oct 2020
Manchester Museum announces South Asia Gallery Designer
Design: Studio C102 + Mobile Studio Architects
Manchester Museum South Asia Gallery
Manchester Museum, part of the University of Manchester, would like to announce the appointment of Studio C102 and Mobile Studio Architects as the design team for our new permanent South Asia Gallery, which will open in August 2022.

14 Sep 2020
Henry Royce Institute Hub Building at University of Manchester
Design: NBBJ Architects
The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials research and innovation celebrated a key milestone earlier this year ahead of the new national hub becoming fully operational in 2021:
Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials Hub

10 Sep 2020
DriveINSIDE Theatre Manchester: COVID-safe

17 June 2020
Hulme Living Leaf Street Housing
Design: Mecanoo
Hulme Living Leaf Street Housing Manchester
photo : Greg Holmes
Hulme Living Leaf Street Housing
The area around Leaf Street in Hulme, just outside Manchester city centre, has a history of urban renewal. The typical Victorian terraced houses were demolished after World War II to make room for the infamous Hulme Crescents, the largest social housing project in the United Kingdom at the time.

23 Apr 2020
St George’s Gardens

22 Apr 2020
Altrincham Football Club

19 Apr 2020
Opening of NHS Nightingale North West Manchester
Design: BDP
NHS Nightingale North West Manchester interior
image courtesy of architects
NHS Nightingale North West Manchester
BDP and Integrated Health Projects (IHP) have been instrumental in the creation of the Manchester Nightingale Hospital at the Manchester Central Convention Complex.

3 Apr 2020
Didsbury High School

18 Mar 2020
The Oglesby Centre
Architects: Stephenson Studio
Manchester Building News The Oglesby Centre
photos : Daniel Hopkinson Architectural Photography
Extension to Hallé St. Peter’s, Ancoats
The new extension, The Oglesby Centre, is conceived as a classically proportioned modernist metaphor of the existing proportions of St Peter’s massing.

12 Feb 2020
Lightbox, MediaCityUK, Salford, (adjacent to Manchester), north West England, UK
Design: AHR
Lightbox Tower Mediacityuk Manchester
image courtesy of architects
Lightbox Tower MediaCityUK
The first phase of AHR’s development at MediaCityUK for Peel L&P is now nearing full occupation, with the recently completed 20-storey building offering spectacular views across Salford and Manchester at the prestigious waterside location.

27 Jan 2020
Bonded Warehouse, Enterprise City

16 Jan 2020
Manchester Town Hall Building Planning

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20 Oct 2019
Architects: Mecanoo
Kampus Manchester
photo © Uniform
KAMPUS Development
A new neighbourhood located at the former Manchester Metropolitan University campus in the heart of the city.

3 Sep 2019
Expanding Manchester-based Mcbains Re-locates To New City Centre Base

New director Ian Bayman joins to head up office

Leading construction consulting and design agency McBains has moved into new premises in Manchester city centre as it expands the scale of its work in the North West.

The company has re-located from Spinningfields to Piccadilly to accommodate its projects and expanding workforce of nearly 20 staff, providing consultancy services in the North West region. Additional staff are currently being sought to join the growing team of Quantity and Building Surveyors, Project Monitors and Engineers.

McBains offers project management, building surveying, quantity surveying and monitoring services with full design services via the wider business, including its London office.

Projects that McBains has worked on in the North West include regional office restructuring and fitouts for RBS; major projects for BAE at Barrow in Furness including a new training centre for 5,000 apprentices; Britvic Drink production facilities; and project monitoring on residential projects, care homes, offices and industrial projects. The company has recently been appointed by the Department of Work and Pensions to fit out nine Job Centres.

The office will be headed by new director Ian Bayman. Ian joins McBains having recently worked as a partner within a consultancy environment for the last 12 years, where he managed the delivery of both cost and project management services across various sectors in the UK, Central Europe and the Middle East including major hotels, commercial offices, schools, industrial facilities and residential projects.

Projects in the North West that Ian has managed include project and cost management services for Wigan Infirmary, cost consultancy services to HM Customs & Excise in Liverpool, a national bank’s regional office building and a new mainline station, in addition to the management of various residential projects across the region.

Ian Bayman, Director, said:
“I am delighted to be joining McBains, a growing company making its mark in the North West. The office move reflects our drive and growth in the Manchester market, and with this being an exciting time for the region’s development, the new premises offer a perfect location to continue to offer quality services to clients.”

6 Jun 2019
Addington Street Housing, New Cross
Design: Hawkins\Brown Architects
Addington Street Housing, New Cross
image courtesy of Far East Consortium (FEC)
Addington Street Housing
Developer Far East Consortium is consulting people on its plans for 80 high quality new homes at Addington St, New Cross.

12 Apr 2019
Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Building
Architects: Pascall and Watson
Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Building
photo courtesy of Manchester Airport
Manchester Airport Terminal 2 Building

30 + 28 Mar 2019
Bond Bryan & SimpsonHaugh collaborate on new City Centre Campus
Manchester College Building: City Centre Campus
image courtesy of architects
Manchester College Building: City Centre Campus
The Manchester College – part of the LTE Group – has appointed leading architects Bond Bryan and Simpson Haugh to design the next phase of a brand new city centre educational campus in Manchester, opening in 2021/22.

12 Jan 2019
Eco Victorian Townhouses in Manchester
Europe’s first Passivhaus Enerphit Plus homes are Victorian townhouses in Zetland Road, Chorlton. They meet the world’s toughest performance standards set by the renowned German Passivhaus Institute:
Zetland Road Homes in Chorlton: Passivhaus Enerphit Plus

10 Jan 2019
Urban Splash News
In 2018 The Times says Urban Splash “led the way” with House by Urban Splash, and the company was awarded ‘House of the Year’ by WhatHouse. In 2019 House is coming to Wirral Waters, Merseyside, Campbell Park in Milton Keynes and New Islington, where plans for more modular apartments and Town Houses will complete Manchester’s best new neighbourhood.

7 Jan 2019
Two New Bailey Square Building News

Staticus, one of the largest façade contractors in Northern Europe, has been appointed to design, manufacture and install nearly 9,000 square metres of high-quality façade at Two New Bailey Square, a prominent new sustainable office development in Salford, Manchester.

Two New Bailey Square building in Manchester

Part of the masterplan for Salford Central that will deliver 9,500 new jobs and 180,000 square metres of commercial space, the inventive Two New Bailey Square will provide characterful and flexible working environments with private balconies on each floor.

Over the next 12 months, Staticus will install a combination of aluminium unitized and timber stick façades across a total area of 8,700 square meters.

Staticus will manufacture the unitised façade panels in its factory in Lithuania, equipped to operate up to 12 simultaneous production lines, before delivering them to Two New Bailey Square for installation.

“An interesting aspect of this project is the external structural steel frame with its visible connections and splices left exposed and protruding from the façade.” said Staticus’ UK MD Paulius Gurksnys. “Whilst this is unique and looks extremely striking, it means that we will need to use special sealing and prefabrication techniques to build the cladding units and overlay the façade panels. It is an extremely complicated installation.”

Timber features heavily in Two New Bailey Square’s ground and first floor, at a scale which is unusual for an office development, however, Staticus welcomes a challenge of this nature. The firm will install aluminium façade onto the timber profiles, milling connection joints into the profiles to create an aesthetic, natural view of the timber framing.

Paulius continued: “Two New Bailey Square is a fantastic project and winning it marks a fitting end to 2018. We have grown our presence in the UK exponentially this year, opening a new office in London and taking on lucrative contracts in the City, Manchester and Liverpool. This positions Staticus strategically for further expansion in the first quarter of 2019, so we are looking forward to what we anticipate will be a very successful year.”
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