The £55m New Adelphi building opened on our main Peel Park campus in September 2016, delivering a new home for music, performance, art, design and architecture students, and providing a rich environment for creativity, arts and culture on campus.
Bringing together both development and performance in one highly technical facility, New Adelphi provides inspiring spaces for learning and collaboration, while also offering a venue for a varied cultural programme, for students, staff and the public to enjoy.
About New Adelphi
Our brand new £55 million Arts and Media building houses the most up to date practice rooms, rehearsal facilities and recording studios that have been judged as the finest in Europe.
- New Adelphi Theatre - the 350 seat theatre features flexible seating configurations to suit a range of events and performances, and is equipped with a range of intelligent and generic lighting, a highly adaptable EM Acoustics PA system, and a high-powered Christie projector.
- The Amphitheatre – a performance space that can be linked to the theatre and offers a unique environment for outdoor events.
- The Studio Theatre – a classic black-box performance space with completely flexible seating and stage layouts, suitable for many types of performance and which can mirror the layouts of the Theatre.
- Screen Acting Studios – studios which provide an environment for actors to gain valuable experience in front of the camera. Screen 1 provides a professional fixed set and three-camera HD facility, while Screen 2 operates as a flexible and experimental space, with a mobile three-camera 4K production unit and full-height chroma key filming facilities.
- Voice Acting Studio – this facility gives the ability to record vocal performances, such as those used in radio or video game production, with a variety of acoustic treatments. Foley techniques can also be taught in the Live room, while the Dead room provides a tightly controlled sound environment for capturing the driest possible recordings.
- Recording Studios – featuring five complete Live and Control room pairings. Each of the Live spaces are room-within-room construction, with variable acoustic treatments, recording booths, pianos, and excellent backline equipment by Ampeg, Fender and Vox. Control rooms all benefit from excellent new Audient ASP8024 HE consoles, the first manufactured in the country, coupled with Avid S3 automated surfaces, ATC and PMC loudspeakers, bespoke furniture and fully digital Dante connectivity with other performance spaces in the building. We have created a creative and educational environment which aims to mirror contemporary professional studio practise. Our general philosophy is to facilitate the use of both analogue and digital recording platforms, software and hardware signal processing. All studios centre around a large format mixing desk which can feed hard disk recording systems and 24 track analogue tape machines. The two large recording studios make use of comprehensive balanced patch bays, providing the opportunity to fully explore traditional signal routing, vital in professional practice.
- In addition to the facilities housed in the University we have a partnership with Blueprint Recording and Rehearsal Studios. This world class facility is located just 10 minutes’ walk from the Adelphi campus.
- Large band room – a 100 square metre, double height rehearsal and recording space with a modifiable acoustic characteristic. Room to accommodate large ensembles and orchestras, overlooked by its own dedicated control room. Also used for performance master classes and small concerts (capacity 80 - 100) with a two tier stage and 5kw PA system. Specialist rooms for drum / percussion tuition and bass guitar tuition can be booked for individual student practice..
- Specialist workshops - over 600 square metres of specialist workshops, including traditional model making facilities, advanced CNC machines (3D printers, laser cutters and milling) and a dedicated printing lab with a huge selection of specialist production equipment, such as screen printers, lithotables, fabric printers, etching presses and felt looms.
- Photography studios – seven fully equipped professional studios with lighting equipment, a dark room and a range of the latest cameras and accessories.
- Gallery space – a 100 square metre gallery for formal exhibitions, with additional exhibition space around the building’s foyer areas.
- Six 'amplified rehearsal rooms' - each contains a vocal PA system, stage piano / keyboard, drum kit and back-line amplifiers for guitars, bass and keyboards / electronics. The equipment is sourced from a wide range of manufacturers such as Sonor, Sabian, Roland, Mackie, Yamaha, Line 6, Fender and many more.
- Storage - have an instrument storage facility for students who wish to use their own equipment for rehearsals.
In addition, the building houses a wide range of high specification studios for performance and dance rehearsals, open plan studio spaces for art and design and collaborative projects, and instrumental tuition rooms.
Photography and Art & Design facilities:
- Mac computer suites offering Adobe Creative Suite
- Nikon and Canon full frame DSLRs
- Hasselblad and Phase One medium format digital platforms
- Location and studio lighting
- Five fully equipped studios
- Large format printers – up to 64” wide - producing archival pigment prints
- B+W Darkroom for historical Processes with automated processing
- Large format archival mounting facilities
- 3D scanning and printing for experimental output
- Full workshop inc. frame-building, laser cutting, CNC, Vac former
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For information about room hire or space bookings at the New Adelphi please email: AM-NewAdelphiBookings@salford.ac.uk
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From Salford Crescent train station
When you exit the station at the main door, turn left and then left again to walk down the slope (University Road). You will be able to see New Adelphi (the large grey building) ahead of you to the right.
When you reach the roundabout at the bottom of University Road, bear right to head towards New Adelphi, until you are standing in front of the covered area. Turn right and walk towards the main entrance, which you will find halfway along the building.
From Irwell Place Car Park
Exit the car park and walk along Irwell Place until you reach the main, four-lane road (The Crescent). Cross the road using the pedestrian crossing with traffic island. Turn left and walk towards the main campus. Just after you pass the large red ‘Ambition’ sign, turn right. Walk towards the Maxwell Building Central Reception, then cross the road using the zebra crossing at the bottom of the steps.
Walk past Maxwell Hall on your right and turn the corner. Head towards the Salford Museum and Art Gallery, which you will see in front of you, using the zebra crossing to cross the road. Walk along the path with the museum car park to your right, heading towards Peel Building (the large red building ahead of you).
At the end of the path, cross the road at the entrance to the museum and walk down the sloped footpath ahead of you to the left (between the museum entrance and the Peel Park Campus sign). Walk down the slope and continue along the footpath between the two car parks. At the end of the path, turn left and continue forward until you reach a pedestrian zone on the right, across the road. Enter this pedestrian zone and you will be able to see New Adelphi (the large grey building) ahead of you. Continue forward until you reach the building. You can either enter through the main entrance to the left (wheelchair accessible) or continue down the side of the building and use the stairs to your left.
Alight from the bus at the main campus stop on The Crescent – you will either be outside the Old Fire Station if on a bus heading towards Salford, and outside the Salford Museum and Art Gallery if on a bus heading towards Manchester. If outside the Old Fire Station, cross the road so you are on the same side as the museum.
Head towards the main entrance to the museum (this is on the left hand side of the building, at the front). When you reach the entrance, walk down the sloped footpath ahead of you to the left (between the museum entrance and the Peel Park Campus sign). Walk down the slope and continue along the footpath between the two car parks. At the end of the path, turn left and continue forward until you reach a pedestrian zone on the right, across the road. Enter this pedestrian zone and you will be able to see New Adelphi (the large grey building) ahead of you. Continue forward until you reach the building. You can either enter through the main entrance to the left (wheelchair accessible) or continue down the side of the building and use the stairs to your left.
From Peel Park Quarter
Start from the front of the University of Salford Student Village – opposite you should be the Sports Centre. Head left and walk down the Broadwalk towards the main campus (the path passes between some steps down on the left, and the rear of the University House building on the right).
You will come to a large grass area on the right. Ahead you will see New Adelphi (the large grey building). You will also see the Clifford Whitworth Library entrance ahead. Head towards this and continue walking forward on the path between the library on the left and New Adelphi on the right.
When you reach the branch of Santander within the Salford Business School on the left, you will see a set of steps on the right leading to the entrance of New Adelphi. If you need an accessible entrance to the building, take the next right and the alternative entrance is halfway down the building.
From Frederick Road campus
New Adelphi is located on our Peel Park Campus. However, it is still accessible from the Frederick Road campus. Head to the main road (Broad Street) and turn left to follow the footpath. Depending on whether you need a wheelchair accessible route or not, you can follow one of the below set of directions:
The road will branch off into two lanes to the left. Use the pedestrian crossing to cross to the other side of the road and continue along Broad Street. You will see a McDonald’s on the opposite side of the road and will be travelling up a slight incline.
You will come to Salford Crescent train station on your left. Turn left at the station and travel down the slope (University Road). You will be able to see New Adelphi (the large grey building) ahead of you to the right.
When you reach the roundabout at the bottom of University Road, bear right to head towards New Adelphi, until you are in front of the covered area. Turn right and head towards the main entrance, which you will find halfway along the building.
The road will branch off into two lanes to the left. Follow the footpath that follows these two lanes, rather than using the pedestrian crossing to cross the road.
The path will come to a footbridge, which crosses over Salford Crescent train station. Cross the footbridge – while on it, you should be able to see New Adelphi ahead of you (the large grey building). The footbridge will bring you to a roundabout. Walk around this and head towards New Adelphi, crossing the road until you are standing in front of the covered area. Turn right and walk along the front of the building towards the main entrance, which you will find halfway along the building.