Morgan Sindall has started work on a £23m building at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU).
The new space will be used by Manchester School of Art, which provides a range of undergraduate and postgraduate art, design, media and architectural courses.
To make way for the new state of the art building, a 1970s structure on the corner of Cavendish Street and Higher Chatham Street was recently demolished. The new building will boast teaching space, new workshops, a roof garden and a vertical gallery.
The adjoining Chatham Tower will be retained and refurbished, and connected to a new adjacent seven-storey gallery. The old structure will be clad in black horizontal stripes set against a vertical finish, resulting in a striking monochrome building.
The work is due to complete in summer 2012.
Morgan Sindall was awarded the contract following a four-way single-stage design and building tender process.