Printworks Manchester


John Turner Construction




Base Structures UK Ltd


  • Internal: Serge Ferrari Decolit 501 Precision
  • External: PVC Mehler Poly Opak 8596
  • Speaker panels: Serge Ferrari Soltis Mesh 86 Alu/ALu

Art feature printed fabric facade & screens

As part of a larger renovation and face lift to Manchester’s iconic Printworks leisure destination area of the city centre, the team at John Tuner Construction came to us to develop three separate fabric schemes to internal and external elevations for the Printworks renovation.

Internally, our fabric experts worked very closely with the client and a local artist to develop a 210m2 printed fabric facade design that would achieve the stunning new visual needed for this very prominent location. Installing a façade of this size around a corner called for specialist manufacture and installation to create the seamless aesthetic of the finished artwork.

The client required the artwork to be framed by a flashing surround with hidden fixings which we were able to achieve using innovative brackets and connection details. Also internally, fifteen speaker panels were produced as part of a flush façade. These were engineered to be removable and held with magnets to again hide all fixings on the elevation.

Externally on Dantzic Street, we produced five large printed fabric screens showcasing the entertainment and activities on offer at Printworks. There was no room from a crane due to Dantzic street being narrow and in close proximity to the tramlines, so we had to design a steel frame in sections that could be installed by hand.  


This was a challenging project we were working alongside the installation of a record breaking scale LED ceiling screen and the fabric façade features directly underneath this. Our installation experts worked alongside other contractors to develop a smooth system of work for an efficient and quality build, that would be ready in time for the grand opening in March 2024.

Visitors to the new look Printworks will find the new space fully immersive with visually stunning including our fabric façade taking pride of place within this updated venue, now ready for a brand new programme of events and other possibilities.

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