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01.11.17

MANCHESTER CENTRAL 16-17 NOVEMBER

OMI are attending this year’s Museums Association Conference.

Please come along to meet our team on stand 4a. Find out more about our ongoing museum work and see some of the exhibits from the Rochdale Fire Service Museum. Visitors to the stand will be able to preview our design approach and find out how OMI can help realise your project vision.

If you would like to arrange a meeting with a member of the team, please contact Andy James or Aaron Coey:

Andy James, Director: andy.james@omiarchitects.com
Aaron Coey, Associate: aaron.coey@omiarchitects.com

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.

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