A £25 million venue uniting two of Manchester’s best-loved cultural calling points – the Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company – has begun to take shape on First Street North, a 20-acre development which is part of a £500 million regeneration project in the city.
Described as a “cultural anchor” of a mixed-use complex, HOME will accommodate a 500-seat theatre, 150-seat studio space, five cinema screens, a gallery and digital and broadcast facilities.
“We've been able to reach this significant milestone as a result of Manchester City Council's determination to keep culture at the heart of their vision for the city, as well as through the continued support of Arts Council England,” said Jim Forrester, the Chair of the new centre’s Trustees.
“This is a very exciting time.”
A swish hotel, luxury apartments for international students, restaurants, cafes and a multi-story car park are also planned for the site, which is expected to be completed by spring 2015.
“We’ve been talking for some time about the huge potential of this site,” added Sir Richard Leese, the council leader.
“But it’s no longer an abstract – there is now real physical evidence of its future as a vibrant addition to Manchester city centre.
“It's great to see the vision starting to take shape."
Sir Richard said he expected the development to become “a magnet” for investors and new jobs.