First Street, Manchester

Contractor: Wates
Architect: Space
Project Value: £25,000,000

HOME is a centre for international contemporary art, theatre and film in Manchester that opened on 24 April 2015 as part of the First Street development. HOME was formed by the merger of two Manchester-based arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company.

The project was funded by Manchester City Council, Arts Council England and the Garfield Weston Foundation. HOME operates under a service contract with Manchester council stating that HOME will provide social benefit to the community. In 2014, it was announced that filmmaker Danny Boyle would become a patron, along with actress and comedian Meera Syal, director Nicholas Hytner, novelist and poet Jackie Kay, filmmaker Asif Kapadia, actress Suranne Jones, artist Phil Collins and visual artist Rosa Barba. HOME has two performance venues – a 500-seat theatre and 150-seat flexible studio space, five cinema screens, gallery space to display contemporary art, cafe bar and restaurant.Main Theatre. The centre is part of the development of a creative quarter in the city. The arts centre was designed by Mecanoo Architects based in Delft, Netherlands.

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