Groundbreaking ceremony for Manchester's £110m new arts building

American artist Laurie Anderson helps hammer a steel stake into the ground on the site of what will be the main foyer of The Factory as part of the groundbreaking event she curated Credit: Manchester City Council

A groundbreaking ceremony has taken place tio mark the official start of work on Manchester's new £110 million arts complex which is set to transform the site of the old Granada Studios.

It's claimed the economic impact of The Factory will be considerable creating or supporting 1,500 full-time jobs and adding £1.1 billion to the city's economy over a decade.

l-r: Rem Koolhaas Founder OMA, Sir Nicholas Serota Chair Arts Council England, Ellen van Loon Partner OMA, Sir Richard Leese Leader of Manchester City Council, Tom Bloxham Chair Manchester International Festival, John Glen MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Arts, Heritage and Tourism pictured at the groundbreaking event for The Factory Credit: Manchester City Council

The flagship cultural venue for the North West has been designed by world leading architects Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA), founded by Rem Koolhaas.

Artist impressions of planned arts venue Credit: OMA
Credit: OMA
Credit: OMA

Manchester International Festival will be the operator for the building as well as continuing to deliver the Festival every two years.