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MGAC on the Move: York St John University Creative Centre


The building process is complex and comes with common—and not-so-common—challenges. Learn more about what we do as Project Managers in our monthly video series, MGAC on the Move. Each month a different member of our team will give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at one of their current projects. Now let’s get moving!

This month, Matt Davies gives us a tour of the recently completed York St John University Creative Centre. The MGAC | RLF team provided project management, cost management, and principal designer services for this purpose-built creative space spanning three floors and featuring a 200-seat theatre and teaching facilities for the University’s creative and computing courses.


Hello, I’m Matt Davies. Project Manager with MGAC RLF. I’m here today at the new Creative Centre at York St. John University. Let’s get moving.

The newly built Creative Centre essentially comprises three individual buildings. A teaching block, recycle rooms, and an auditorium, which are all linked by an impressive triple atrium. It has strong sustainability credentials backed by a formal environmental assessment process. The glazed atrium and recycle room balcony is arranged to give views out towards the iconic York Minster. The focal point within the large atrium is the wide feature staircase. The area also serves as a collaborative working and exhibition space.

High quality teaching accommodations include high-ceilinged, acoustically treated music rooms, theatrical workshop space, fully equipped computer and research labs, as well as a state-of-the-art critical listening room.

A primary feature of the Creative Centre is the new auditorium, housing a theatrical stage and pit, multi-tiered seating and elevated working level. It is equipped to present a range of productions.

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing what’s been happening at York St. John University. Follow us to see our next move.


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