About Us


Location: Manchester, UK
GIA: 710,000 sq ft / 65,961 sq m
Use: commercial and leisure

Status: Design
Architect: OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture)

The Factory
St. John’s

Manchester Visit website

Factory will be the city’s cutting-edge arts venue that will take a radically new approach to cultural production and performance, providing a new large-scale venue that will capture the extraordinary creative vision and depth of Manchester’s cultural life.

A flagship cultural centre for the North and North West, The Factory will be commissioning original works in partnership with leading national and international organisations. It will build on the success of the Manchester International Festival and create innovative commissions all year round, playing a significant role in the next phase of economic and cultural evolution in the North.

Factory will make and present a wide range of art forms and culture, incorporating theatre, music, dance, technology, film, TV, media and live relays, scientific advancements and the connections between all of these – under one roof. It will be large enough and flexible enough to allow more than one new work of significant scale to be shown and/or created at the same time, accommodating combined audiences of up to 7,000.