renold building

located on altrincham street in manchester, the renold building was designed by william arthur gibbon from architecture firm cruickshank & seward, for the manchester college of science and technology (which later became ‘umist’ and, most recently, university of manchester). the foundation stone was laid in june 1960 by engineer and vice president of the college, sir charles renold, with work continuing over two years and completing at the end of 1962.

the site was part of a major expansion of the campus, and contains many classrooms, several large lecture theatres, and a handful of galleries. housing such a collection of academic spaces under one roof (rather than spreading them across several locations) was unprecedented in britain, and was designed to allow for larger communal halls within the building while also creating room for more green areas around it. to avoid the potential crush of hundreds of students arriving for and leaving lectures at the same time, multiple entrances were incorporated, as well as a vast staircase which is walled by thin glazing - a design choice that encourages use of the stairs by offering an impressive view of the city in return.

perhaps the renold building’s most recognisable feature, the glass facade on the east side generously welcomes light into the interior, and the striking concertina angles are arranged according to the acoustic requirements of the rooms within.



giclée print on hahnemühle photo rag bright white 310gsm paper.

available in a2 or a1, with each size limited to a run of fifty prints.

prices include uk delivery.

print only:

a2 / £120
a1 / £160

framed print:

a2 / £190
a1 / £250

solid wood, matte black, 25mm frame
(as pictured above).