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New college building

Manchester College

Situated in the heart of Manchester city centre, City Campus
Manchester opened in su .. read more

New digital arts building

Manchester Metropolitan University SODA Building

The School of Digital Arts (SODA) is a £35m investment into work space, networks, t .. read more

Aldi Tasting Kitchen TV Studio

Aldi Tasting Kitchen

The studio lighting features a Doughty Studio rail system
with fixed rails running t .. read more

University of Edinburgh Forrest Hill

University of Edinburgh Forrest Hill

The communications and marketing team at the University of
Edinburgh is housed in th .. read more

Creative media and digital arts building

University of Greenwich, UK

The University of Greenwich’s new library and academic building is located along an .. read more

TV Gallery control desk

Edge Hill University Creative Edge

Creative Edge is a new creative media building at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk.
I .. read more

Liverpool John Moores University, UK

The new £37.6m student-centred building at Clarence Street enables LJMU to consolida .. read more

Archbishop Holgates School, York, UK

The new £4.3 million building – to be known as the LearningCentre@AHS – is stuff .. read more

Bloomberg TV, London, UK

This project involved the creation of a new state-of-the art newsroom within existing .. read more

Manchester College

Situated in the heart of Manchester city centre, City Campus Manchester opened in summer 2022 offering state-of-the-art, industry-standard facilities. The campus provides both exceptional study and is designed to ensure students have everything they need to have an amazing student experience.

The building contains a main theatre with tension wire grid, black box studio theatre, two film studios, TV studio, various music recording suites, radio studio, singing, dance and drama studios. It is home to the College’s Industry Excellence Academy for Creative and Digital Industries as well as UCEN Manchester’s Arden School of Theatre and Manchester Film School.

Drama by Design were involved with the project from feasibility study through to completion. We worked with the architects Bond Bryan on the design of the building and designed all the specialist technical systems.

The main theatre features a tension wire grid over the whole area, with two fly bars at the rear of the stage for backdrops. Infrastructure is designed around utilising LED luminaires with sequential power and DMX distribution. Facilities are provided to easily control the AV system for assemblies and conference use and for showing films. There are front, mid and rear stage curtain tracks, side masking curtains on tracks and an electrically retractable seating system.

The black box theatre has a conventional internally wired barrel grid with perimeter curtain track. Both theatre spaces are equipped with a comprehensive facility panel infrastructure allowing audio, video and comms signals to be easily accessed.

Music recording suites are provided for both the FE and HE parts of the College, each with a series of music rooms linked to control rooms for recording with a camera system enabling the spaces to be monitored.

The top floor has a range of singing, dance and drama studios. Some are equipped with active loudspeakers to enable music to be played, others have full performance facilities including lighting grids, facility panels and sound systems. The loudspeaker system is centrally controlled with local control and input plates for connecting mobile devices via cable or Bluetooth.

Communications systems around the building include front of house and backstage paging and show relay for the theatres, intercom systems for the theatre and music suites and induction loop assisted listening systems.

Drama by Design worked with the main contractor to deliver the project effectively to include testing and commissioning on completion.