Manchester scheme named after city’s famous record label

Steelwork contractor William Hare has installed a huge proscenium truss at the Factory arts complex being built by Laing O’Rourke in Manchester.

Designed by Buro Happold, the truss will link a warehouse space with a theatre.

The site, which was formerly part of the Granada Studios complex, sits at the centre of the new St John’s neighbourhood, planned to be a major creative hub in the city.

Last week, Manchester city council was warned that costs on the job could go up again

The landmark scheme has been designed by OMA and last year jumped £19m to a new figure of £130m.

But the council’s resources and governance scrutiny committee yesterday heard the complexity of the project had meant the scheme was now in danger of busting its latest price tag.

The job has been in honour of Manchester’s legendary Factory Records label – home to Joy Division, New Order, Happy Mondays and others.