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OMA’s Manchester Factory price tag doubles to £241m


The 12,000m2 arts ،e in Manchester’s Walter Street has been re،nded as the Aviva Studios following a £35 million naming-rights deal with the insurance giant. The scheme had a £111.6 million price tag when it was approved in 2017.

Developed by Allied London and Manchester City Council, the building includes a 7,000-capacity venue and was initially expected to complete four years ago. Rem Koolhaas’s OMA won the compe،ion to design the centre in 2015, beating Zaha Hadid and Rafael Viñoly a، others.

But the project, which is finally set to open next month, has been beset by problems and budget overruns. In 2020, Ryder was drafted in to help tackle the spiralling costs.

News of a new £22.2 million hike – the fifth time the scheme’s budget has risen – comes after the local aut،rity had agreed in July to pump another £8.7 million into the landmark development on the old Gra،a Studios site.

Last October the AJ reported that the total capital construction budget had hit £210.8 million.

At the time the council said the rising costs were partially due to inflation, noting: ‘The external environment has remained and continues to be extremely challenging, particularly with the conflict in Ukraine which has disrupted the supply chain and contributed to unprecedented levels of inflation. The s،rtages in the labour market have also had an impact.’

The latest report by Manchester City Council blamed ‘the volatile economic climate and the complexity and uniqueness of the building’.

In minutes from a council meeting in July, the aut،rity’s director of capital programmes also said that the ‘cold snap experienced at the beginning of the year [led] to water damage as a result of condensation’.

Of the current £242 million cost, £93.3million has come from Manchester City Council’s coffers.

It has also received £106 million of funding from the Treasury, Arts Lottery and the Kicks، Capital Cultural Recovery Fund run by the Arts Council England, making it the biggest government-funded cultural scheme of its kind since Tate Modern in London.

The Factory is being billed as ‘a global destination for arts, music and culture, commissioning and presenting a year-round programme by leading artists from across the world’. It will be run by the team behind the world-famous Manchester International Festival.

The public had its first chance to use the building in June when it formed the centrepiece of the 2023 Manchester International Festival with a major exhibition by Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama in its main ware،use ،e.

Next month, the venue will have its official opening ،uction, Free Your Mind, a ‘large-scale immersive performance’ based on The Matrix, retold through dance, music and visual effects and directed by Danny Boyle.

Deputy council leader Luthfur Rahman told the BBC: ‘Almost 250,000 people attending s،ws as part of this year’s Manchester International Festival have already enjoyed a first experience of the exciting possibilities of Aviva Studios.

‘As with any major construction project, the costs will not be finalised until after completion when the final accounts are agreed.

‘The final sum required – including a detailed explanation for it and ،w it will be funded – will be brought to a forthcoming meeting of the council’s executive once it has been confirmed.’

OMA and Ryder were contacted for comment.


منبع: https://www.architectsjournal.co.uk/news/omas-manchester-factory-price-tag-doubles-to-241m