Location: Manchester

Client: Morgan Sindall

Value: £6.3 million

Duration: 56 weeks


Awarded by Morgan Sindall, Cidon were appointed for the concrete works package to the nine-storey Arts & Media facility, part of the Manchester Metropolitan University. The site was located on the former Mabel Tylecote Building on Oxford Road, Manchester.

The 96,000 sq. ft. development became home to the new Poetry Library alongside the prestigious Manchester Writing School - led by Creative Director and Poet Laureate Professor Carol Ann Duffy DBE; as well as a 180-seat auditorium for Manchester School of Theatre productions; an exciting new Multimedia Journalism programme with in-house TV and radio studios; and the Language Centre. This nine-story structure connects the Grade-II listed Grosvenor Building – home to The Holden Gallery - and provided space to exhibit items from the University's vast Special Collections.

A large percentage of the formed faces in this project were specified as fine finish architectural concrete. This required a high level of quality control from mix design and batching, to formwork detailing and reinforcement fixing through to placement of concrete and stripping the completed pour. Cidon demonstrated their experience with a portfolio of previously completed schemes with similar exposed concrete requirements.

Planning ahead for craneage requirements on this scheme was crucial, with two tower cranes in operation on site. From week 37 through to 53 of the programme, the use of the tower cranes was shared with the structural steel subcontractor, requiring strategic planning of activities to maximise the use of shared plant.


  • Fine finish architectural concrete.
  • Restricted site with access points located in the heart of the University campus.
  • The project covered the entire footprint of the site, causing careful planning with storage and delivery schedules for all materials.
  • Shared use of the tower cranes from week 37 through to week 53 of the programme.