Flagship arts centre to open in Manchester

A new arts building with cutting edge facilities is set to open in Manchester next Monday, 19 September.

The £55m New Adelphi Arts Centre is part of the University of Salford and will house many of its School of Arts and Media courses as well as the School of the Built Environment’s new Architecture programme.

The facilities, which include three floors of workshops with a lab for 3D printing and laser cutting, will enable students to work with new practices, processes and technologies in dance, drama, television performance, music and art/design from this academic year.

Designed by Stride Treglown and built by BAM Construction, the New Adelphi is made of structural steel and reinforced concrete and houses a cafe, a bar, a rooftop terrace and a green roof. The venue will be open to both the students and the local community.

Professor Allan Walker, Dean of the School of Arts and Media, said:

“We expect New Adelphi will soon be recognised as one of the UK’s most advanced creative production and training facilities for all forms of performance, plastic arts and for design combined with media and digital technologies.

“The building will not only provide an artistic hub for our students, but a programme of events will make it a mainstay of Greater Manchester’s cultural landscape.”

Other facilities within the centre include two theatres (including a 350-seater space) and an amphitheatre, two large TV acting studios, seven photography studios, five recording studios, a 100 m² two-floor band room, 12 amplified performance spaces (music ensemble rooms), two dance studios and open-plan areas for art and design.

Designers will also benefit from the 600 m² dedicated to specialist workshops ranging from traditional model making tools to 3D printers and laser cutters. A printing lab within this area includes specialist equipment from screen printers and lithotables to etching presses and felt looms.

The project was originally granted planning permission in 2011 with building work commencing in the summer of 2013.