OMI Architects


Band On The Wall Funding


Our proposals to increase the capacity of the Iconic Manchester music venue have secured £1.4m of funding from the National Lottery. This funding is in addition to £1.7m received from the Arts Council last year, and means that the venue has raised the bulk of the funding needed for the £3.5m project.

The proposed designs will see the venue’s capacity increase from 340 to 520, and the derelict Cocozza building to the rear of the property brought back into use.

The existing Picturehouse Bar will be remodelled with an external terrace space and will include an 80 capacity second venue designed to host smaller concerts and emerging artists. The funding will also be used to add additional education facilities including a rooftop AV suite and learning spaces to house the venue’s archive.