Aviva Studios, Manchester

Project Overview

Manchester’s Aviva Studio is the new home for Factory International, a unique, ultra-flexible multi-use arts building capable of hosting either large single events or a mixture of smaller events in differing adaptable internal configurations. Through its operator MIF the venue seamlessly connects art and public culture via a wide-ranging programme of international dance, theatre, music, visual arts, performance, installation and digital commission work in line with Factory International’s aim to foster innovative and cutting-edge forms of cultural and creative art. The 130,000 ft² building includes a 1,200 seat flexible auditorium space with orchestra pit and fully linked large flexible warehouse spaces, with these spaces having capacity to be used together or independently with full acoustic separation. Supporting facilities include foyers, back of house support areas and rehearsal rooms. The surrounding Public Realm also provides space and facilities for MIF to run external events.

The project was the UK’s largest cultural investment since Tate Modern and we were proud to act as Project Monitor for Arts Council England (ACE), protecting their best interests from a funder’s perspective. Our role encompassed reviewing and reporting on cost and variation positions, ongoing issues, progress, risks and project management to ensure scope, quality and overall aims of the scheme were maintained. This included site visits, attendance at regular ACE review meetings with Manchester City Council and detailed grant application checks and grant drawdown recommendations.


Arts Council England






130,000 ft²


  • Culture
  • Arts
  • Entertainment & Creative Industries


  • Project Monitoring

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Newport Street Gallery

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