A planning application has been submitted for The Factory, the £110m arts centre being designed by Rem Koolhaas’ Office for Metropolitan Architecture as part of the £1bn St John’s neighbourhood in Manchester.
The Factory has been earmarked as the permanent home of the Manchester International Festival and will provide a venue for theatre, music and art events.
The complex will be large enough and flexible enough to allow more than one new work of significant scale to be shown and/or created at the same time, accommodating combined audiences of up to 7,000.
As part of the Autumn Statement in 2014, the Government committed £78m to the project, with Manchester City Council delivering the rest of the funding package through planned land and property sales, public subscriptions and donations.
Construction of The Factory is part of the £1.2bn plans for the St John’s neighbourhood, which will see the delivery of up to 3,000 residential units, 600,000 sq ft of workspace, and a mix of hotels and cultural buildings. The scheme is being delivered by Allied London and Manchester City Council.
The project will be OMA’s first major public building in the UK.
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