The School of Digital Arts is part of a creative campus, a fast-developing university community that includes Manchester School of Architecture, a museum, art gallery and park and, soon, a £70m Arts & Humanities complex that will include a theatre and Poetry Library. SODA will sit next to Manchester School of Art, and will be designed by the same architects who opened the award winning, £34m art school in 2013.
Nearby are independent shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, and the Royal Northern College of Music. A little further out: Manchester city centre – its flagship art gallery, Central Library, arts centre HOME and the digital and creative businesses of the Northern Quarter only a short walk away.
Further out, and perhaps the most compelling reason for SODA’s creation, are the digital, media and film businesses found at the Sharp Project, to the east of the campus, and those at MediaCityUK, the Salford Quays home to the BBC, ITV Granada, Ericsson and 250 media and digital businesses – all of which are only a tram ride away.
Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios have been appointed to design the £35m school – the same practice behind Manchester School of Art’s award-winning Benzie Building – using the same principles of creating flexible, shared workspace that encourages collaboration and interdisciplinary working.
Located next to the Benzie Building, with the road between the two pedestrianized, the school will extend and improve our unique, city-centre campus – a neighbour not just to Manchester School of Art, but the Holden Gallery, a new public Poetry Library and theatre, All Saints Park and the wider Faculty of Arts and Humanities.
The building itself is future-proofed; it will be able to respond to changes in technology and will contain green screen, presentation and edit suites, screening space, a media gallery and a digital innovation lab, collaborative workspace, sound and music studios, and production studios.
Presentation and edit suites
Digital Innovation Lab
Sound and Music Studios