Working with BIMM Manchester has been an exciting experience for us.

With Ask Me PR‘s advice, connections and consultation, the college are quickly and intelligently embedding themselves into Manchester life – no mean feat at all.

When BIMM wanted a contemporary interior design for the communal areas of their new £3.5M college building, we introduced Ben Kelly of BKD to BIMM Manchester.

Ben is held in huge esteem for his groundbreaking designs of the Haçienda and Dry 201 interiors in Manchester – and he went on to design a typically inventive and empathetic interior for BIMM Manchester’s new home.

BIMM are thrilled with the results – and their students will be enjoying the fruits of this exciting collaboration when the college opens in October!

We caught up with Ben after BIMM officially revealed his designs at a special launch evening:


BIMM Manchester are pleased to reveal that they have commissioned Ben Kelly Design (BKD) to design the interior of BIMM Manchester’s brand new £3.5M city centre premises on Gt. Marlborough Street.

BKD is synonymous with both thrilling and cutting edge interior design, as well as Manchester itself: Ben famously designed the interiors of Factory Records HQ, The Haçienda and Dry 201 in the city centre.


The Haçienda

With the design of these latter iconic locations, BKD forever changed the public’s perception of what both nightclubs and bars could be – and BIMM is truly excited to see what Ben Kelly Designs can bring to BIMM Manchester’s new home.

The environment BKD creates will play a big part in inspiring both students, staff and guests to reach their full potential.

BIMM Manchester Principal Vaseema Hamilton:

“BIMM Manchester is located in the heart of the city at No.8 Great Marlborough Street, a classic red brick / green glass mill-style building which holds a powerful sense of history and narrative around Manchester’s entrepreneurial and industrial past. BIMM is at the lead in to Manchester’s prestigious Knowledge Quarter and within 10 minutes walk of numerous contemporary music venues. We believe it will be the perfectly placed hub for Manchester’s future music and creative talent. BKDs contribution will be to help us reference and acknowledge the city’s music heritage whilst presenting an environment which is aspirational and reaches to the future.”


Ben Kelly adds:

“BKD are really pleased to be working with BIMM Manchester helping to create a unique environment for their students to study and learn their craft in. We are happy to be working in Manchester again and to have the opportunity to further the cultural legacy established when working with Factory Records.”

BIMM Manchester is holding an Open Evening on Thursday 27th June at Dawsons’ Music Shop at 18:30. Ben Kelly will be attending and exclusively revealing preliminary designs and artists’ impressions of how BIMM Manchester will look.