CGI of proposed arts complex The Factory, Manchester

Manchester looks forward to its new arts complex – filmed in progress!

New drone footage has captured the progress made on Manchester’s flagship arts complex The Factory.

Click to watch video of The Factory arts complex
Click to watch video
The landmark building is set to be one of the biggest of its kind in Europe.

It will become the permanent home of the Manchester International Festival – which will commission a year-round programme featuring artists from across the globe.

A town hall report revealed this week that work has been progressing on the building’s skeleton.

Now video footage has been released showing how the cultural complex – on the site of the old Granada Studios off Quay Street – is taking shape.

Clearly visible are a steel frame, stairways and lift shafts.

Structures that will house lifts capable of bringing two articulated trucks up into the building from street level can also been seen.

Over the last two days, the massive proscenium truss, which will form part of the 1,600 capacity auditorium, has also been installed.

Rotterdam-based architecture firm OMA designed the building.

Councillors heard this week that the project – which was pushed £19m over budget last year – could still go over the new £130m budget, due in part to the building’s complexity.

Some contractors in the city favouring more straightforward projects, the council committee heard.

Among those working on the new centre include apprentices from the Factory Academy – a new training and apprenticeship programme designed to help people from all backgrounds develop careers in the creative industries.

Source: Manchester Evening News

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