New name for £19m merged Manchester arts organisation

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Manchester’s contemporary art and film centre Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company have merged to form a new arts organisation called Home.

The centre’s name was selected as part of a consultation process with more than 150 local residents, audience members, city partners and via an online forum.

Results from this process have also informed other parts of the project such as programme development and interior design.

The new organisation, which had its proposals approved by Manchester City Council in June, will be located in the city’s First Street area and will include a 500-seat theatre, a 150-seat studio space, five cinema screens, education spaces, bar and restaurant facilities and a gallery space.

Dutch architect Mecanoo won an international competition last year to oversee design of the new centre and communication agency Creative Concern and design agency O Street will be creating a visual brand for the organisation, which will be revealed next month.

The £19 million centre is due to open in autumn 2014.

Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “This naming announcement is another milestone in the journey towards a new centre which will make a major contribution to the arts in Manchester, the UK and internationally. It’s going to be a catalyst to creative and economic growth, stimulating investment as well as imaginations.”