Centenary Building, University of Salford

Hodder + Partners, Salford, 1995


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The heavily glazed and highly expressive entrance facade helps make a strong external impact 

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  • The heavily glazed and highly expressive entrance facade helps make a strong external impact    
  • Exterior view    
  • Solid materials and hardwearing finishes and components mean the building is easy to maintain    
  • The unstaffed reception area can confuse visitors    
  • Plenty of interaction happens in the public spaces    
  • The central staircase: a place for chance meetings?    
  • The computer suite - glass-fronted rooms mean users are always on show; blinds fell victim to cost-cutting    
  • The lecture hall is one of the few large spaces    
  • The emphasis was mainly on studio space such as tutorial rooms    
  • Tutorial room seen from above    
  • Glass-fronted rooms encourage people to     
  • Looking into the video-editing suite    
  • Video-editing: spaces are designed to be functional, without trimmings    
  • View of the stairwell    
  • View of the fire escape    
  • View of the entrance at dusk    
  • Basement plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Second floor plan    
  • Third floor plan    
  • Section    

University building housing the departments of Spatial, Graphic and Industrial Design, built during the merger between the University of Salford and University College, Salford

The four storey building has a simple plan. A central corridor creates communal space with studio and seminar spaces leading off. Three service towers allow for easy circulation throughout. Accommodation includes seminar rooms, video-editing suites, lecture halls.

Concrete cross-wall frame construction dictated the nature of the internal spaces. As well as materials such as stainless-steel cladding, concrete and glass-bricks being chosen for longevity and hard-wear.

Internally the spaces are very open. Glass-fronted offices and teaching spaces make users 'on-show'. The idea was to encourage students and colleagues to 'drop-in'.


  • Completed: Dec 1995
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £3.2M
  • Address: University of Salford, Salford, M5 4WT, United Kingdom

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