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HOME tops out

Jessica Middleton-Pugh

Construction of the £25m cultural complex HOME at First Street in Manchester reached its highest point this week.

The project forms part of the first phase of the 20-acre regeneration scheme, which is being delivered by Manchester City Council and Ask Property Developments.

When complete, HOME will feature a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat flexible theatre, a 5,400 sq ft gallery space, five cinema screens, a café bar and restaurant.

The building was designed by Mecanoo and is being built by contractor Wates. HOME is due to complete in spring 2015.

The First Street scheme comprises the first INNSIDE hotel in the UK, a Q-Park multi-storey car park, student apartments, retail and leisure units and a new public square.

Cllr Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: "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."

John Hughes, managing director of Ask Developments, said: "It is brilliant to mark this significant progress at First Street and I have no doubt that HOME will provide the anchor destination required to create a truly exciting new place in Manchester city centre."

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