New era dawns for The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester

The Manchester College main entrance

The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester’s new facility, City Campus Manchester, is preparing to welcome students this September after the completion of construction work.

The five-year scheme, on the former Boddingtons Brewery site, has been described as one of the largest co-created and co-funded projects that the post-16 education sector has ever seen.

The four-storey campus will offer a range of facilities that will create an exceptional student experience and will be home to the college’s Industry Excellence Academies for Hospitality and Catering, Creative and Digital Media, Music, Computing and Digital as well as the Centres of Excellence for Visual Arts and Performing Arts.

The main theatre in City Campus Manchester’s atrium

It will also be home to UCEN Manchester’s School of Computing and Cyber-Security, The Manchester Film School and The Arden School of Theatre and the School of Art, Media and Make-up.

Situated next door to the AO Arena, the city centre campus will provide students of all ages with industry-standard facilities including TV, radio, and sound studios, professional art and photography studios, as well as a 40-seat restaurant run by students in the Industry Excellence Academy for Hospitality and Catering, and all the latest software and technology for cyber-security, 3D modelling, design and development.

Lisa O’Loughlin, principal of The Manchester College and UCEN Manchester, said: “City Campus Manchester will not only provide exceptional technical education facilities for learners across Greater Manchester, giving students the perfect environment to gain the skills that they will need for a rewarding career, but will also act as a beacon for the power of education and the opportunities it provides in the heart of the city.

City Campus Manchester dance studio

“We now can’t wait to open the doors to students this September and start working with them to achieve their aspirational goals in the amazing facilities that City Campus Manchester has to offer.”

Collaboratively designed by award-winning architects Bond Bryan and SimpsonHaugh, the campus features some breathtaking spaces including the main theatre as the eye-catching focal point, projecting a golden glow on the building’s main atrium which is at the heart of the campus.

Its design also incorporates sustainability features that will reduce carbon emissions and help the college take important steps in addressing climate change challenges now.

City Campus Manchester