The Manchester School of Building

East Manchester


The Manchester School of Building
Welcomb Street Openshaw
Manchester M11 2NP

The School of Building is one of the north west’s top centres for construction training.
The Manchester School of Building is close to Openshaw Campus.

The centre has excellent facilities for training in:

  • brickwork
  • carpentry and joinery
  • construction
  • heating and ventilation
  • painting and decorating
  • plastering
  • plumbing
  • scaffolding
  • wall and floor tiling
  • woodmachining

Other facilities at the centre include:

  • SkillZone with IT facilities
  • canteen

Local area

Openshaw is a suburb of east Manchester, a short bus ride from Manchester’s city centre. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are close to the campus. Sportcity has a number of sports venues and fitness and sports facilities for the public. There is a 14-screen cinema five minutes away by car or 25 minutes on foot.

Did you know?

Gorton Monastery, behind Openshaw Campus, was named one of the most endangered sites in the world in 1997, alongside Pompeii, Taj Mahal and Valley of the Kings. It was nicknamed ‘Manchester’s Taj Mahal’ and has now been restored.

Bus routes to Openshaw include:

C20, 219, 220, 221, 53, 203, 216, 201, 188, 205, 206.


Velopark and Etihad Campus Stations are about 20 minutes' walk from the campus.


Ashburys train station is 10 minutes’ walk from the School.


Students can park at the nearby Openshaw Campus or on the street near the site, if spaces are available. Please don't park in the private carparks belonging to the industrial units near the School.

Opening times

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am-9.00pm
Friday: 8.30am-5.30pm

Accessibility of college sites

Detailed information about the accessibility of the college's sites and facilities is provided by DisabledGo, an organisation that specialises in producing online access guides to venues.