Architect selected for new Cornerhouse

Netherlands-based architects, Mecanoo, have won the contest to design the new £19m Cornerhouse and Library Theatre arts centre in Ask Developments' First Street, Manchester.

Mecanoo is appointed alongside engineers, Buro Happold, and quantity surveyor and design manager AECOM, both based in Manchester.

Dave Moutrey, director and chief executive of Cornerhouse, said: "The appointment of the design team is a significant milestone for the project. Mecanoo's submission really captured the vision we have for a flexible, vibrant, welcoming cultural space with a great social atmosphere. They also really understand the importance of consultation and engaging our audiences as a key part of the design process."

The project is being funded through borrowing by Manchester City Council.

Detailed design work will now begin with a view to starting on site in summer 2012. It is anticipated the new facility will open in spring 2014.

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