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List entry Summary

This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: HOLLINGS BUILDING AT MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY

List entry Number: 1119722

Location

HOLLINGS BUILDING AT MANCHESTER METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY, WILMSLOW ROAD

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
ManchesterMetropolitan Authority

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 24-Apr-1998

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 469220

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History

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Details

MANCHESTER FORMER CB

SJ89SE WILMSLOW ROAD 698-1/9/10041 Hollings Building at Manchester Metropolitan University

II

Includes: Hollings Building at Manchester Metropolitan University OLD HALL LANE. Educational building - formerly Hollings College. Built 1957-60. Designed by Leonard C. Howitt. Concrete frame with brick infill to tower and restaurant block and glass curtain walling to the workshop block. Flat roofs. Seven storey range of classrooms with expressed hyperbolic paraboloid frame; semi-circular restaurant block attached to the west and single storey workshop block abuts to the east. Classroom block decreases in width as it ascends, and the hypberbolic paraboloid frame is expressed on the walls and is open as it rises above the top storey (giving rise to the popular local name `The Toast-rack'). Ground floor partly open. Original slim white-painted window frames, single glazed. Brick spandrels below. To west the semi-circular restaurant block is externally two-storeyed with an expressed concrete frame of boomerang-shaped members which rise up the walls, thickening towards the top, and curve over the roof. Replacement UPVC windows; brick horizontal strip spandrels. The centre has a recent extra storey (under construction in 1995). Workshop block has deep horizontal band of windows with original vertical slim-sectioned white painted glazing bars; broad panelled upstand above and red brick plinth. The restaurant block was originally designed to serve meals made by the students at the college to the public while the curved space provided a cat-walk for the products of the tailoring workshop. A distinctive and memorable building which demonstrates this architect's love of structural gymnastics in a dramatic way. It epitomises the popular values of the Festival of Britain, as disseminated into regional architecture.

Listing NGR: SJ8565094516

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National Grid Reference: SJ 85650 94516

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