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1) To note that the current proposal to relocate the Library Theatre Company in the Theatre Royal no longer offers a viable and sustainable proposition and officers support the view that alternative development proposals should be identified for this historic site.
2) That approval is given to the principle of developing a new cultural facility at First Street to provide a new home for the Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse.
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/egov_downloads/FirstStreetCulturalFacility.pdf
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meetings/meeting/1256/executive
 

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2) That approval is given to the principle of developing a new cultural facility at First Street to provide a new home for the Library Theatre Company and Cornerhouse.
Something to do with this at a guess, from @MikeAmesbury on twitter (don't know how to do a direct link to the tweet)...

Big announcement for the Manchester Cultural Economy tomorrow, if approved will mean jobs,jobs,jobs!
 

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^^ Leave the Cornerhouse alone!!!
It won't be forgotten.

A Cornerhouse operation with four or five cinemas and significant gallery space for contemporary art, which is a gap in the City's cultural offer, would undoubtedly offer a much needed addition to the city’s cultural infrastructure. However, it may be that the current economic climate and the resulting need to find innovative new partnerships that can minimise dependency on public funds, indicates that bringing the Library Theatre Company, an expanded Cornerhouse on the First Street site could add even more value. Officers have, therefore undertaken a detailed review of the viability, both in capital and revenue terms, of a combined operation to deliver a significant new contemporary arts facility.
The site of the existing Cornerhouse presents an exciting opportunity for redevelopment alongside the adjacent land and buildings owned by Network Rail. It is proposed that officers engage with Network Rail to develop a master plan for the wider site, which builds on the opportunities presented by the electrification of the Manchester/Liverpool rail line. A development partner would then be selected through competition in order to secure the best regeneration and financial outputs.
 

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Excellent find CDX. Another exclusive!! It's an interesting read.

Basically problems are arising with Theatre Royal site faster than the plans for the Library Theatre Company (LTC) and hotel are progressing. It's evident that there's no way it's going to be finished in time for the LTC and they're predicted to end up homeless for 5 years, which is likely to be the end of them.

The problems fitting both the hotel and the LTC into the building (even if either one was taking it on their own) along with the constraints of a listed building means it's not feasible for either. As a result both hotel and theater have chosen to go with the flexibility of a new build. Although the hotel is barely mentioned in the report wasn't a post elsewhere on SSC already suggesting First Street? So potentially two new builds at First Street.

Then there's the Cornerhouse. Now fully expanded into its available shell (and next door's) and still not satisfied, it is to combine with the LTC in the new build to become a 4-5 screen cinema and theater, with a bit of retail, outside performance space and a lobby you'd want to linger in.

They'd looked into redeveloping the corner house site but the footprint is still not suitable. They believe they are a destination venue and therefore a wander down a quiet Whitworth Street West will not detract customers. The current buildings would be designed into a masterplan for the area (involving network rail) with clear intentions to redevelop them.

But what about the fact the corner house (bar and cinema) is integral to one of the best vistas in the city? The Oxford Road/Whitworth Street junction is surely one of Manchester most prized streetscapes and the corner house buildings play a significant part in that.

What about the bar? Unless I've read it wrong it's not just the cinema but the bar which will be moving. Unlike the cinema the busy bar will benefit from passing trade that it won't get on first street. Worse still the new passing trade will be staggering by way of Deansgate Locks.

Surely a beer while looking at Palace Hotel and St James' Building is infinitely more pleasurable views over the fake hacienda obscured by a fine viaduct will ever be. To the south end of First Street the other council reports are already hinting that a supermarket will be the best thing that could possibly happen to the area.

It generally sounds good by why not just move the cinema and keep the bar as is. A big plus is it pretty much has funding already. And what for the Theatre Royal? Is it to remaing the meeting place for the drunken AU forever?
 

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Get it built! :banana:

Working with the developer ASK and their architects together with The Arts Team at RHWL (theatre specialists who have worked on the Theatre Royal and also designed the Bridgewater Hall) to create an initial functional model and outline design concept;
Work with architects retained by Ask has indicated the potential for a stunning building on the corner of the northern part of the site close to the railway arches. It would incorporate up to five cinemas, a major floor of contemporary gallery spaces, a 500 seat theatre and smaller studio space, an impressive café/open foyer space and all the associated technical back of house spaces. Initial broad based design proposals have been put together for costings purposes only. The guide for the capital budget for the building is that the exterior should be high quality and innovative but that the internal spaces should be functional and simply expressed without unnecessary degree of high level specifications. The building would be around 4,500, sq m and take advantage of the sloped incline to the site to create an exciting outdoor performance space linked to an independent and robust retail offer.
Creating an under one roof ‘art factory’ will provide a unique opportunity in the UK to develop creative practice across and within the wide range of artforms it covers. Commissioning new work in the new arts centre will bring together visual artists with theatre practitioners, filmmakers with musicians and dramatists, writers with visual artists etc. Cornerhouse brings high level expertise and a track record in digital content production and distribution that would play a crucial role in such new relationships with artists and also in audience engagement. This project creates an opportunity to create a centre of excellence for the creation and distribution of audience focused digital content for the visual and performing arts. This will play well into Arts Council England’s new priorities and establish Manchester as a leading producer of cross platform, cross artform digital work and as a place that develops artists, producers and technicians capable of working with emerging practice. The affect on the wider arts ecology in Manchester would be substantial, providing career pathways for new talent at all levels.
 

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Sorry for the bad language, but **** off. There's no way the Cornerhouse can move to new premises and still be the Cornerhouse. It doesn't work. Its like knocking down the Cornerhouse and saying, yeah, we're building an odeon on first street, but its just going to play independent films and its sort of going to be linked with the Cornerhouse. There's no way I want to ever go down to first street anyway. The area is shit. Its all going to be badly designed modern brick buildings with no character. I don't give a toss about the library theatre company or a 50 storey building, but first street is will just be an average looking retail park. Fact. Wank.
 

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Why do people fear change?

I'm sure once the new purpose built building is finished, it will be a vast improvment on the facilities currently offered at the Corner House.(ask the staff and pupils at Chets)

I have no doubt the Corner House will remain an alternative venue in the future. It certainly won't end up as another Tesco's, thats for sure.
 

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Why do people fear change?
They don't, they fear the mediocrity that they know is coming. Not all change is good.


I have no doubt the Corner House will remain an alternative venue in the future. It certainly won't end up as another Tesco's, thats for sure.
According to the report the present Cornerhouse site will be redeveloped, almost certainly a modern mediocre building fundamentally destroying the appearance of the junction. And no I wouldn't put it past the council to approve a Tesco Metro or something.
 

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They don't, they fear the mediocrity that they know is coming. Not all change is good.




According to the report the present Cornerhouse site will be redeveloped, almost certainly a modern mediocre building fundamentally destroying the appearance of the junction. And no I wouldn't put it past the council to approve a Tesco Metro or something.
Your just guessing. You don't really know.(then again neither do I)
 

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First Urbis, then Cornerhouse. Need I say more.
There is more to this I swear than meets the eye.
hmm, it demonstrates a highly corporate approach to the management of cultural assets. There is a ruthless use of culture for economic ends going on here what with the 'asset stripping' of Urbis and the 'off shoring' of the Library and Cornerhouse.

One hopes that the judgement of the 'directors' is sound and their interests are aligned with those of the 'shareholders'...
 

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This is really depressing news.

New Cornerhouse type building plus a new theatre, as an extra facility, would be excellent news.

The above at the expense of an already brilliant and beloved institution. No thanks.
 

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I think that this is an exciting development and an expansion/improvement of the space for contemporary arts in Manchester. That said, I will miss the smell of chips from the takeaway next door that you get in Cinema 3 in the current Cornerhouse... There are other problems with the building too - though it has served us well for 25 years.

MCC has a duty of care to Library Theatre Company (at the moment), but I suspect that it will cease to exist and be replaced by contemporary theatre Cornerhouse style in the new venue. Personally, I think that this will be a good thing and add to the cultural experience in the city.

As long as Cornerhouse play a leading role in the development of the project, I'm all for it.
 

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It generally sounds good by why not just move the cinema and keep the bar as is.
I think that the bar and cafe would have to move with Cornerhouse for the development to make sense commercially. The front-of-house takings are as important if not more important than the box office to cultural venues such as Cornerhouse. The challenge will be recreating the Cornerhouse-vibe in the new venue and the best way to that is to involve Cornerhouse customers in the design of the new development - which could be fun...! "If we get to build it, we will come".
 

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One thing is evident.

Even though (GTR) Manchester has a wealth of theatres and the like, it isn't recognized nationally as city where performing art is prevalent. Even though it is.

Hence the emphasis on MIF, Royal Opera House North(now abandoned), the new Chets school and now this.

It's obvious MCC is driving the city forward in many ways. This being one of them.

I'm all for it, even if it means moving from the Corner House to a new purpose built venue.
 

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Yes it's evident, but you don't see New York moving the Angelica, or it's many other indie cinemas to a new development. How boring is this going to be. Surely the magic of the conerhouse is the quirk of having a separate building across the street and an old characterful screen under a train station. This is where cities go wrong IMO. And you simply can't compare this with the urbis situation. It's completely different.
 

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And how can it be called the 'Corner-house' if it's stuck in the middle of First Street?

Leave Cornerhouse where it is (on the Corner of Oxford St/Whitworth St junction) and have a 'Cornerhouse 2' to compliment it down the road.
 

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News story from the MEN with some quotes from the parties:

New home for Cornerhouse and Library Theatre in £19m arts centre plan
Exclusive by Deborah Linton

November 24, 2010

Manchester's iconic Cornerhouse cinema is set to move into a new £19m venue as part of a major arts shake-up.

The new building, near the former Hacienda club on Whitworth Street West, will also house the Library Theatre, which has needed a home since moving as part of the town hall redevelopment.

Cornerhouse, which specialise in independent cinema, has faced funding problems but bosses say visitor numbers have shot up by 88 per cent over the past two years.

The venue says it needs more space and will increase the number of screens from three to five in its new home.

The existing Cornerhouse building, on Oxford Road, is likely to become available for redevelopment, although firm plans have not been drawn up.

The new venue could open as early as spring 2014, and will also host a new gallery and outdoor performance space.

Cornerhouse boss Dave Moutrey said it would secure Manchester’s place as a leading culture destination.

He said: "The new facility will give us space to grow, to increase our audience and widen access to contemporary visual art and cinema.

"We’ll be able to create more opportunities for community involvement and to expand our role as a digitally connected producer."

The Library Theatre Company has been seeking a new home since moving out of their historic venue in the basement of Central Library earlier this year.

Artistic director Chris Horner said: "This is terrific news for Manchester audiences and the Library Theatre Company. It will enable the company to develop and expand its work and achieve its aspirations.

"The artistic potential of the collaboration with Cornerhouse is immense."

There had been plans to move the Library Theatre to the historic Theatre Royal, in Peter Street, but work revealed that it would cost too much to transform the listed building, which is currently used as a nightclub.

The new proposals were due to be considered by council chiefs today.

Coun Mike Amesbury said: "Manchester is committed to culture, something we see not as a luxury but as a necessity which creates jobs and other opportunities and is a fundamental part of attracting investors."

And council leader Sir Richard Leese said: "This is exactly the sort of scheme we need to get people into work, get our economy moving even faster, and show the world that Manchester is still an ambitious city."

The new venue will be on land at First Street, between Whitworth Street West and Mancunian Way. Funds for the theatre move are already in place and council papers say the remaining £3m will come from third parties and future town hall income.

The council already has an agreement in place with developers, Ask, who have been working with them on the 20-acre First Street site.

Council officers have also been working with the architects who designed the Bridgewater Hall, although the final look of the building will be decided after a contest.
 
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