Construction completed on state-of-the-art City Campus Manchester

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The Main theatre standing tall in City Campus Manchester's main atrium

Construction work has been completed on the new City Campus Manchester facility, transforming an old brewery site into a creative arts campus that will open in September

The new City Campus Manchester project has finalized construction, ready to open to students in the September intake. The project is the centrepiece of The Manchester College’s project to significantly invest in its campuses across the city to provide industry-standard facilities, in collaboration with UCEN Manchester.

Located on the site of an Old Boddington’s Brewery, the campus has been collaboratively designed by architects Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh.

The campus will house a variety of creative courses of study with advanced facilities

The campus features a main theatre as the focal point, which uses natural light to project a golden glow on the buildings in the heart of the campus. One of two theatres which holds an audience of 180 people to watch the latest showcases

Its design also incorporates sustainability features that will reduce carbon emissions and help the College take important steps in addressing climate change challenges now.

The four-storey campus will be home to the College’s Industry Excellence Academies for Hospitality and Catering, Creative and Digital Media, Music, Computing and Digital as well as their Centres of Excellence for Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

Situated next door to the AO Arena, the city centre campus will provide students of all ages with industry-standard facilities including TV, radio, and sound studios, professional art and photography studios, as well as a 40-seat restaurant run by students in the Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering. The industry standard facilities at City Campus Manchester include a restaurant run by students

It will also be home to UCEN Manchester’s School of Computing and Cyber-Security, The Manchester Film School and The Arden School of Theatre and the School of Art, Media and Make-up.

A five year project come to fruition

Lisa O’Loughlin, Principal of The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester, commented: “I am delighted that we have reached this extremely exciting milestone in the project which has been five years in the making to provide our students with industry standard facilities for generations to come.”

“City Campus Manchester will not only provide exceptional technical education facilities for learners across Greater Manchester, giving students the perfect environment to gain the skills that they will need for a rewarding career but will also act as a beacon for the power of education and the opportunities it provides in the heart of the city.“

“We now can’t wait to open the doors to students this September and start working with them to achieve their aspirational goals in the amazing facilities that City Campus Manchester has to offer.”

With construction works now complete, the College and UCEN Manchester will spend the rest of the summer preparing the campus so it is ready for teaching to commence in September.

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