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03.10.17

PLANS APPROVED FOR £3.5M EXPANSION OF BAND ON THE WALL

Today Manchester City Council has approved plans for the expansion of the historic Band on the Wall venue, including bringing the derelict Cocozza building, at the rear of the existing Band on the Wall, back to life.

The plans will see the multiple award-winning venue’s capacity increase from 350 to 500 for headline artists and performances. The Picturehouse Bar will be re-modelled with the external terrace space increased and a new commercial kitchen installed. A learning complex will include a rooftop A/V suite, allowing young people and education participants to create new digital work by engaging with international touring artists.

The Cocozza building is one of only a few remaining structures from the days of the Victorian Smithfield Market. The inclusion of the Cocozza building creates a new opportunities along Foundry Street and it is planned to install digital artworks in place of venue windows.

Second-stage funding will now be sought from Arts Council England.

18.08.17

WORK REACHES LEVEL 26 OF 44

The intended ‘shimmer’ is now visible as the sun moves around the building. The seamless glazed curtain walling system includes gold coloured reflective metal cladding panels set behind the glass at a variety of angles to give the effect. Work is also progressing on the lower level brick faced elements which will knit the building into the existing context.

26.06.17

OMI SELECTED FOR ROCHDALE FIRE STATION TRANSFORMATION

Following a competitive selection process OMI Architects’ team have been selected to advance the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum project to an HLF Stage II submission. Key stakeholders in the project include Rochdale Council and Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum Trust.

The project will restore and adapt the 1930s Art Deco Mulcure Road fire station to create a fully accessible museum with new visitor services and a café. The project will provide a permanent home for the Greater Manchester Fire Service Museum collection and archive. This coupled with a lively engagement programme will bring the collection to hard-to-reach audiences, young people and the local community.

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