Manchester College Theatre
Longworth with Rimex Metals UK
The Manchester College, the UK’s largest further-education college, provides courses for 16-19-year-olds, as well as older students. The £54m building gives creative-arts and digital media students access to the Jewel Box and a smaller 100-seat theatre venue, as well as film and recording studios, workshops, digital editing suites, and dance studios with sprung floors.
The client for the new building is LTE Group, an umbrella organization that operates the Manchester College as well as several other education establishments in the city. As well as the performing arts, the City Campus will provide a home for the college’s courses in computing, creative and digital media, hospitality and catering. Dedicated space will also be provided for sister organization UCEN Manchester, serving as a base for The Arden School of Theatre and Manchester Film School.
Longworth were contracted by the main contractor Willmott Dixon Construction to design, supply and install the roofing and façade package on the project, which included the cladding to the walls of the internal theatre which is also referred to as the ‘Jewel Box’. The value of the overall roofing and façade package was £3m, with the Jewel Box accounting for around £250,000.00.