Groundbreaking ceremony for Manchester’s £110m new arts building designed by Rem Koolhass’ OMA

A groundbreaking ceremony for The Factory, a new flagship cultural venue for the UK, designed by world-leading architects Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), will take place on Saturday 8 July 2017 during this year’s Manchester International Festival.

Rem Koolhaas and his project partner Ellen van Loon will be at St John’s Manchester for the ceremony and they will also talk more about the project afterwards.

The Factory is OMA’s first major public building in the UK, a unique venue that will capture the extraordinary creative vision and breadth of Manchester’s cultural life.

It will offer audiences the opportunity to enjoy, in a new world-class facility, the broadest range of art forms and cultural experiences – including dance, theatre, music, opera, visual arts, popular culture and innovative contemporary work incorporating multiple media and technologies.

The Factory is situated in Allied London’s new St. John’s neighbourhood, formerly Granada TV’s 27 acre estate. In April, Allied London launched Enterprise City UK – based in St John’s – a cluster of new and existing buildings housing facilities and services for the creative, digital, and tech industries.

Manchester International Festival will be the operator for the Factory venue as well as continuing to deliver the Festival every two years.

The total capital costs of the project are £110m. The economic impact of The Factory will be considerable – creating or supporting 1,500 full-time jobs and adding £1.1 billion to the city’s economy over a decade.

Capital investment in the project was approved by HM Treasury in January. Local planning permission was also granted at the start of the year.

4.45pm / 8 July – The Factory Groundbreaking
Old Granada Studios site
A special ceremony devised by one of MIF’s international artists to mark The Factory groundbreaking.

5pm / 8 July – The Factory talk: Spaces for Culture
Stage One, Old Granada Studios, Quay House, Quay St M3 3GS
Architects Ellen van Loon and Rem Koolhaas talk about OMA’s work on cultural buildings, including The Factory and Taipei Performing Arts Centre, and discuss the future of arts spaces.
Chaired by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries.