Manchester City Centre

The Factory


Funders | Manchester City Council, Arts Council England
Partner | Manchester International Festival
Development Manager | Allied London
Architect, Lead Designer | Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Quantity Surveyor, Contract Administration and Project Management | Gardiner and Theobold
Structures and Façade Engineering, BREEAM | BuroHappold Engineering
Theatre Consultant | Charcoalblue
MEP Engineer | BDP
Planning | Deloitte
Acoustician | Level Acoustics
Public Realm | Planit-IE
Fire Engineer | WSP
Location | St. John's, Manchester

The Factory is a flagship new cultural venue led by Manchester City Council in partnership with the team behind Manchester International Festival. Designed by world-leading architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas and their first major public building in the UK.

The Factory will introduce the most exciting global artists to audiences of up to 850,000 a year, in an extraordinary facility. The economic impact will be considerable, creating or supporting 1,500 full-time jobs and adding £1.1 billion to the city’s economy over a decade.

Hosting everything from major exhibitions to epic concerts, extraordinary installations and performances, the large warehouse space will have capacity for audiences of 5,000 standing. The adjoining theatre space with room for around 1,600 people, can be connected to the warehouse to form a super-sized venue of 7,000+, where artists can imagine, create and present works of unmatched ambition.

Photo Credits: Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)