Here are our most frequently asked questions to help you plan your visit. Something we've missed? Please let us know.

FAQs

What are your opening times?

Monday to Thursday: 10am - 6pm
Friday: 10am - 5pm
Closed weekends and bank holidays

Where are you based?

Material Source Studio
1 Federation Street
Manchester
M4 4BF

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Is it free to visit?

Yes, visiting the Studio is free. And that's for seeking inspiration, plus working from the Hub. The hiring of event spaces, the larger meeting rooms and podcast studio would need to be organised through our team and will carry a small fee. Please contact bookings@materialsource.co.uk for more information.

Do I have to register to visit the Studio?

We ask all visitors to sign in on arrival. The sign up process takes 5-minutes the first time, and then it’s just a QR code scan when you arrive from then on.

Is there a link to register prior to coming into the Studio?

Yes, you can sign up in advance of your visit here.

Where is the nearest train station?

Victoria Station is a 3-minute walk away from the Studio, and Piccadilly Station is a brisk 15-minute walk away.

Where are the nearest car parks?

There are two large carparks only a two-minute walk from the Studio. Details here.

Is the Studio accessible?

Our Studio is fully accessible to all. Our entrance has a ramp from street level, and we also have a lift between the ground and basement levels.

Can I take samples?

Yes, we just ask that you please scan the coinciding QR code so we can keep track of our stock and replenish for the next visitor.

When did Material Source Studio open?

Material Source Studio opened in November 2021. Read more about our journey here.

Our facilities

What facilities does Material Source Studio offer?

Our 15,000sqft Studio, situated in the Grade II listed Hanover Building, is set across two levels and features a wealth of inspirational exhibits and interactive displays from 40+ leading brands operating in the commercial interiors and built environment sectors. It also includes a bookable 80-seat theatre, a CPD area, a 300+ book library, 7 meeting spaces, and a podcast studio. As well as space for architecture and design professionals to work.

Can I book one of your meeting spaces, the theatre or the podcast studio?

Yes, please get in touch to discuss with our team on bookings@materialsource.co.uk.

Are the rooms fitted with video conference facilities?

Yes, all our meeting rooms include video conferencing facilities. Please speak to our Studio team in advance to discuss your requirements.

Who can visit?

Who is Material Source Studio for?

Material Source Studio was created with the needs of the architecture and design community in mind. It is a hub of inspirational exhibits from maker and manufacturing partners, as well as being a place to meet and work. If you specify or influence product selection, this is for you.

Is Material Source Studio open to students?

We're committed to supporting the next generation of architecture and design professionals, and as such offer group tours between 9am and 10am from the relevant faculties to the built environment.

We are happy for individual visits by students to look around. However, this must be no more than 3 at a time. We are also happy to work on individual projects, booked well in advance on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us to discuss.

I'm an architecture/design professional, can we meet with our clients?

Yes, of course, Material Source Studio was created to make product inspiration and specification as straight-forward as possible. If you'd like to present, our bookable meeting rooms can be secured for a small fee.

I'm an architecture/design professional, can I meet with a brand that's not one of your partners?

The partners are the ones that have committed investment into the Studio, our role is to support them, so we kindly ask that none partners are not asked to come into the Studio to present.

I work for an architecture/design firm remotely, can I work from Material Source Studio?

Yes, we offer a range of spaces to work - from open desks to semi-private booths and comfortable corners fitted with sofas and a standing desk.

What is the procedure for bringing in a group of my colleagues?

If it is your first time visiting, and you would like to organise a tour with our team for a group of colleagues, please get in touch: info@materialsource.co.uk.

Events

How do I register for upcoming Material Source Studio events?

If you have a Material Source Studio account, please make sure you’re opted in to receive updates from ourselves and our partners about upcoming events. This way, you will receive all invites before anyone else.

Where do I find the list of forthcoming events?

You can find a full list of our MSS Presents seminar events here. And all our partner’s upcoming events are added to our Studio page, here.

What is your current exhibition?

Our Gallery space features quarterly changing exhibitions that address key topics in our sector.

Our current exhibition is From The Ground Up – featuring the work of 22 biomaterial designers. Discover more here.

What exhibition is next?

Our next exhibition is on carbon-trapping materials, and will launch in summer 2022.

What’s the capacity of the Theatre?

80 seated, and 100 standing.