- Location: Manchester
- Client: Manchester Metropolitan University
- Type: Refurbishment | C
- Value: £0.5 million
- Status: Completed
The £0.5 million refurbishment of Manchester city centre’s famous Cornerhouse building on Oxford Road was completed and handed over in September 2015. The building has been refurbished for Manchester Metropolitan University who will be renting the building for the next three years while its existing Mabel Tylecote Building is demolished and redeveloped.
The building will provide a temporary base and facilities for Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Theatre, Manchester Writing School, Filmmaking and Department of Languages., Information and Communications.
Refurbishment works have been carried out on a number of levels of the existing building. Demolition and removal of some non-structural internal walls has taken place along with redecoration and an overhaul of the communal areas to create a suitable learning environment for students and staff.
Dan Brown, associate architect at Cassidy + Ashton, said: “Iconic is an overused word but in the case of the Cornerhouse, it is entirely appropriate for a building which has played such a significant role in Manchester’s cultural sector. That we have played a part in giving the building a new lease of life which sustains its presence within the city’s creative sector, is enormously satisfying. It is a pleasure to hand the building back to MMU and we are proud to have our name associated with the project. This project has preserved an important piece of Manchester’s heritage and delivered modern facilities that are in-keeping with the building’s existing use. To be involved in such a prestigious project is an honour and has enabled us to add an historic scheme to our growing heritage portfolio of work.”
Project architect: Peter Harris