The Capital Project

In 2021, we opened our doors to the redeveloped building, transformed for the next generation of audiences and artists, laying the foundations for new experiences, careers and opportunities for young people. Scroll down to learn more!

A group of young consultants in high viz vests and hard hats


Throughout the capital redevelopment, from initial meetings to re-opening events, a dedicated group of young people contributed ideas and energy to ensure their voices were represented in our plans. Our ConStruct group (aged 15-25 years) met regularly with staff and were involved in all aspects of the building project, reviewing tender documents for our prospective construction and catering companies and taking part in both sets of interviews. They attended regular interior design consultations with our architects and presented at Board meetings and public events. The group included young people with disabilities and they worked alongside the Design Team in consulting with various disability groups including Manchester People First.


We built an artistically, commercially and environmentally sustainable theatre of the future. Contact has a proud history and a unique identity. This is reflected in the new building as it was in the old, remaining a place for young people to call home, and continuing to be a venue where audiences will encounter fresh, new works.


Contact is now open with new facilities that will enable the next generations of young artists to realise their ambitions, whilst creating a new destination arts venue on the Oxford Road corridor. Our new facilities include:

The Contact cafe with a customer being served at the bar

2021 Adrian Lambert


We wouldn’t be where we are now without the generous support of our funders:

  • Arts Council England awarded Contact £3.85 million towards our £7.15 million redevelopment project.
  • We secured significant funding from Manchester City Council, and help in kind from Manchester University and Bruntwood.
  • We also received generous support from charitable trusts and foundations including the Foyle Foundation, the Granada Foundation, Wellcome Trust, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation and the Oglesby Charitable Trust