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Special Award

Selwyn Goldsmith Award for Universal Design

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Special Award

Region

North West

Local Authority Area

Manchester

Information about this scheme

HOME, Manchester’s centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film, is a catalyst for the developments around First Street, giving the city a new cultural epicentre. It houses two theatres, five top-of-the-range cinemas, a flexible gallery space, bars on each floor and a restaurant. The wide central stairwell at the heart of HOME acts as an informal social space, connecting the different uses of the venue. The interior concept and layout is that of an urban living room, instilling a sense of warmth and intimacy. The arts centre functions as a social destination, as a cultural home. Manchester City Council’s aim is for Manchester to be recognised as the most accessible city in Europe. The city is committed to improving access for disabled people to all their services, working closely and in partnership with disabled people’s organisations to gather invaluable experience and expertise, correctly identify the barriers that disabled people face, and work together to remove them. Throughout the design process, the team liaised with the City’s universal design officers and members of Manchester City Council’s Access Review Forum in several sessions to review the scheme and agree on the principles of providing universal access. This new arts centre is a tribute to good design and patient planning of a new home for the arts in a building that feels welcoming and clearly legible.

Credits

Architect

Mecanoo architecten

Client

Manchester City Council

Operator

HOME

Main Contractor

Wates Construction

Structural Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Services Engineer

BuroHappold Engineering

Acoustic Consultant

BuroHappold Engineering

Quantity Surveyor

David Langdon (AECOM)

Interior Designer

Concrete

Project Manager

MACE

Landscape Architect

P-IE

Theatre Consultant

Theateradvies

Theatre Consultant

Charcoalblue

Interior Designer

Mecanoo architecten

Primary Use Class

Class D2g - Theatre