MCC: tweaks won’t impact Factory budget 

Several changes to the design and appearance of the £186m Manchester arts venue are proposed, but the city council insists no extra cost has been incurred. 

The planned changes include using a different kind of cladding, swapping the kind of glass used for curtain walling, and the repositioning and resizing of windows “to ensure appropriate light levels and privacy is achieved”, according to a planning statement by Deloitte Real Estate. 

“There are no extra costs here, beyond what had already been reported in October last year,” a spokesperson from Manchester City Council said. 

“There is no reduction in quality, no dilution of the original vision and no negative impact on – or significant change to – its appearance.”  

The project has been beset with delays and spiralling costs over the years. Manchester City Council noted in a report in October that delays caused by the pandemic, and other challenges, meant that the project needed an additional £45m to complete – pushing the budget to £186m in total. 

Now, the single-ply cladding that was originally proposed for the theatre is to be replaced by white standing seam metal, as “a suitable fire safety standard could not be achieved”, the planning statement said. 

The channel glass that was to be used on the back-of-house towers has been changed in favour of glazed curtain walling as the original material was not able to achieve the acoustic levels the venue required, according to Deloitte. 

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I look forward to seeing this delivered at last. The whole St Johns area is being transformed. This will link well into Spinngingfields and the New Bailey district and really adds something significant to the city centre.

By Cityscape

This, and the whole area, will be transformational for Manchester post COVID. A rare and unique opportunity for a city outside of London. Bring it on! The Manchester renaissance continues.


Bloody shame the white single ply has been swapped out, the alternative isn’t an appropriate replacement in my view. We need more non combustible materials to market so we’re not left with bricks, concrete and metal.

By Graham

Stunning development it will be a great asset for Greater Manchester.

By Monty

I actually prefer the renders of the new cladding system over the original

By New Wave

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