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The new building as seen from All Saints Park

The new building as seen from All Saints Park

New Arts and Humanities building wins trio of awards

27 November 2020

Manchester Metropolitan and Morgan Sindall Construction receive accolades

The University’s new Arts and Humanities building and the scheme’s contractor Morgan Sindall Construction have scooped a trio of awards.

The building, now completed, was recognised at this year’s Constructing Excellence North West Regional Construction Awards, held in a virtual ceremony last night (November 26).

Situated in a prime location on the Oxford Road Corridor, the modern building creates an inspirational venue for training the next generation of actors, writers, journalists and linguists.

Its trio of awards included the Sub-Regional Project of the Year for Manchester and then went through to the Overall North West Project of the Year category as a result, where it was highly commended. Judges were impressed by the unique achievements of the design and build team, including the retention of the Grade II listed portico of the Grosvenor building, and the undertaking of a complex construction project within the confines of a live campus and city centre environment.

The University was then awarded Client of The Year and was praised for its collaborative approach in making the building project a success.

The final project win was the Digital Construction Project of the Year award. This recognised the use of cutting-edge technology that delivered a fully collaborative design process and helped to optimise logistics and buildability, enhance health, safety and quality while also reducing waste.

World-class campus

Mike Sheppard, Director of Estates and Capital Development at Manchester Metropolitan, said: “It is great to see the new Arts and Humanities building praised at the North West Regional Construction awards. We are pleased that the University’s Estates Masterplan is recognised in this way as we continue to develop a world-class campus.

“The Arts and Humanities building has sensitively brought together the old and the new to create a truly modern space that will provide unrivalled settings for culture, learning and research – right in the heart of Manchester.

“Congratulations to Morgan Sindall Construction, its project partners and the supply chain that helped deliver this project.”

Shaun Jones, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction in Manchester, said: “We’re very proud that the Arts and Humanities building has been recognised at these awards. Manchester Metropolitan University has been a fantastic client, and the success of the project reflects the excellent relationship we developed during the course of delivery.

“Building this landmark new facility within the constraints of both a university campus and one of the busiest streets in the city presented a range of challenges. However, through a commitment to collaboration and the use of cutting-edge digital construction we were able to deliver a fabulous new building that will be a wonderful learning environment for students, as well as a visually striking addition to the Oxford Road Corridor.”


The project has been supported by Allies and Morrison architects, Arup engineering, Charcoalblue theatre consultants, Drama by Design theatre consultants, and Turner and Townsend professional services.

The new Arts and Humanities building will be home to the Manchester Poetry Library alongside the prestigious Manchester Writing School – led by Creative Director Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE – as well as a 180-seat auditorium for Manchester School of Theatre productions, the Multimedia Journalism programme with in-house TV and radio studios, and the Language Centre.

This six story structure is connected to the Grade-II listed Grosvenor building – home to The Holden Gallery – and provides space to exhibit items from the University’s vast Special Collections.