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John Rylands Next Chapter - RIBA Stage 3 report

10 Jul 2023

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stage 3 report for the John Rylands Next Chapter project is now available to read.

View over the historic reading room at Rylands during a public event

RIBA is a global professional membership body driving excellence in architecture. 

The purpose of the Stage 3 is to 'spatially coordinate the design before the focus turns to preparing the detailed information required for manufacturing and constructing the building.'

The report covers:

  • The Project overview which captures the general principles of both the client brief, and the design team's design development process to date. The latter is based on stakeholder engagement with different teams at the Rylands
  • Existing Site History and Context to better understand the Grade-1 listed building
  • Architectural Approach and Proposals, which provides an overview of the full scheme and an illustrated and detailed level of information for key areas of the building 
  • Wider Design Team Proposals, where you can see the reports and designs from the exhibition designers Nissen Richards, and from consultants Hoare Lea, WML, Safer Sphere and IDACS
  • Statutory Compliance, which outlines the details of the recent engagement with Historic England, The Victorian Society and Manchester City Council, as well as building control engagement and meetings other external consultants (such as the neighbouring landowner)
  • Next Steps, which are focused on attaining sign-off for the designs to allow the planning permission and listed building consent applications to be issued as per the master programme
  • Appendices, where you can also find original reports and drawings from the consultants

Read the full report here.