Accessing The Lowry Building

Approaching the building

Grounds 

  • The Lowry sits on Pier 8 overlooking the Manchester Ship Canal on two sides.
  • A service road follows the building contour from the north side to the south side of the building.
  • A large open Plaza covers the space between The Lowry and The Lowry Outlet opposite.

 

Ground Surface

  • Outside The Lowry there are two shallow steps up onto the Plaza. On the opposite side a curve of approximately eight steps of varying height gives access to The Lowry Outlet.
  • The Plaza is concrete paving, edged with a block paved pattern.
  • The service road is tarmac.
  • The pathways following the contour of the building are block paving with ground lights and two shallow steps leading down to the tarmac service road. A small section is levelled to allow wheelchair access from the service road to the pavement.
  • Retractable steel bollards are situated at the main entrance to the service road creating a security cordon. Vehicle access is gained by using the low-level button to contact security who will lower the bollards.

Navigating the building

Our friendly Information Assistants are on hand in the main foyer to help with navigation of the building, access to the cloakroom facility and free hire of wheelchairs.

Entrance
There are two sets of double doors either side of a central block. These open outwards. The doors on the right side have pressure release buttons for unassisted access. These can be found on the top of low-level posts, both inside and outside.

Foyer & Reception
Many public areas are located on the ground floor with no steps to negotiate, allowing easy access ti the Information Desk, Box Office, Lowry Shop, the Tower Coffee Shop and Pier Eight Bar and Restaurant.

An open-ramped route connects the theatre foyers and Gallery spaces, forming a public promenade aroudn the building, linking all activities and making The Lowry an accessible space.

The floor surfaces are smooth polished terrazzo, textured rubber, carpet, wood and tiled throughout the building.

The main foyer areas have high ceilings and wide walkways, sloping floors and angled plaster or glass walls.

Lift Access
The Lowry has five lifts to access different parts of the building:
  • The North life allows access to the Gallery (Level 2) and all three levels of the The Lyric Theatre.
  • The South lift allows access to the Hexagon Bridge and Hexagon Room on Level 2 and again all three levels of The Lyric Theatre.
  • The Quays lift can be reached at ground level inside the Quays Theatre entrance at the rear of the building. This lift gives access to the Compass Room as well as all three tiers (levels) of the Quays Theatre.
  • The Aldridge Studio is access by taking the lift located next to Pier Eight Bar to Level 1. Exit the lift on this level and take the blue lift or staircase to Level 2 where the theatre is clearly sign-posted.
Theatres
The Lyric Theatre is situated at the front of the building and covers four levels which are all accessible by lift or staircase.

The Quays Theatre is situated at the rear of the building ascending a long sloping floor past Pier Eight. Doors into the the Quays Theatre are on three tiers (levels) which are all accessible by lift or staircase.

The Aldridge Studio is situated in the studio and is accessible by lift or staircase.

Galleries
The Andrew and Zoe Law Galleries are locate don Level 2, can be accessed by escalator, lift or staircase.

Pier Eight Bar & Restaurant
Pier Eight Bar has a broad open space. All furniture, except for booth-seating, is free-standing and moveable.

Pier Eight Restaurant can either be accessed by two steps up from Pier Eight bar or from a sloping floor at the main entrance to the restaurant. All furniture, except for booth-seating, is free-standing and moveable.

Large-print menus available on request.

The Lowry Gift Shop
Has a broad open entrance spanning the width of the space. Many of the items for sale are on low-level display, however we are happy to provide assistance if required.

Explore The Lowry before you visit by using our interactive and virtual tour video designed by Access Social.



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