HOME at First Street | Wates

HOME at First Street

Project overview

Purpose-built, flagship, class D2 cultural facility in Manchester City Centre, formed from a collaboration between the Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, with support from Manchester City Council and the Arts Council.

HOME - Stage

The development forms part of the first phase of the £500m First Street regeneration project that spans 20 acres. It features two theatres (500-seat and 150-seat) with full control room, contemporary gallery and events space, five-screen cinema, rehearsal studio, client offices and bars/restaurant.

Constructed on a tight, landlocked site in the constraints of Manchester city centre in a location adjacent to a railway viaduct and concurrent large construction site, Wates co-ordinated an interface agreement to set out clear dates for possession for each party. Method statements were agreed for any interface activities and all deliveries were programmed in advance via single access gate to site.

The team explored value engineering options from the early stages, without compromising on the quality of the scheme. Based on the client’s original furniture specifications, the team developed a bespoke version of a much higher quality, meeting the client’s aspirations whilst keeping within their budgetary constraints.

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council comments: 

This event marks another milestone in the development of one of Manchester’s key regeneration areas. HOME is not just First Street’s cultural heart but is acting as a catalyst to further transformation of the area, attracting other investment and jobs and making a significant contribution to the vibrant mix which makes Manchester a desirable place to be for residents, visitors and businesses alike.” Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council

Alison Clark-Jenkins, Director, North and National Director, Combined Arts, Arts Council England comments: 

HOME represents another example of the strong working relationship between Manchester City Council and Arts Council England. This is a building, which is full of ambition. Ambition for the city as an international leader; ambition for artists and arts organisations to work together in an exceptional venue and ambition for the people of the city who deserve work that will be exciting, challenging and life changing.”

Dave Moutrey, Director and CEO, Cornerhouse and Library Theatre Company comments: 

It is great news that we have reached this significant milestone on the journey to create our new HOME. Getting here is testament to the hard work of our design team and our partners.”

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