The Manchester College

Client: The Manchester College
Type of works: design and installation of a tensile fabric structure.

In August 2008, Manchester College of Arts and Technology (MANCAT) merged with City College Manchester to become The Manchester College.

As a result of the two colleges merging, the design and installation of a canopy was commissioned to enhance the exterior of the building and provide a covered entrance for the increase in pedestrian traffic. The fact that the building was constructed in the 1960’s presented various constraints for the design and installation process, such as steps, planters and a curved building frontage, with which the canopy structure had to work with.

J & J Carter installed a tensile fabric structure covering 30m2 to create an exciting, covered entrance to the college building. In addition the canopy drainage was incorporated within the structure and drains within the planter.

The Site Manager of Manchester College commented, “The installation of the canopy was outstanding from start to finish, with minimal disruption during our busiest week of the year, enrolment week. Visually it works to provide an exciting touch to the building approach.”

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