The British Council office in Manchester

Office address

British Council, Bridgewater House
58 Whitworth Street, Manchester M1 6BB, UK

Phone number

0161 957 7300

For all other enquires please refer to customer services.

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We welcome visitors with disabilities and those bringing pushchairs. If you need help with access, or have any questions, please let us know.

If you use a wheelchair or are unable to navigate the stairs, please tell the person you are visiting in advance, so we can prepare a suitable emergency evacuation plan.

Getting here

Our Manchester office is located on the sixth floor of a converted warehouse. The building is called Bridgewater House.

  • Manchester Oxford Road train station is 150m away.
  • Manchester Piccadilly station is 650m away.
  • India House bus stop is 20m away.
  • St Peter's Square tram stop is 500m away.

Drop off

The nearest car or taxi drop-off point is directly outside the main entrance of Bridgewater House, on Whitworth Street. 

You can order an accessible taxi from either i-cabs or Club Cars. Pre-booking is advised with Club Cars, to ensure they have a suitable vehicle.

Alternatively, you can hail a Hackney Carriage (black cab) at the taxi rank outside Sainsbury’s on Whitworth Street West. This is adjacent to Manchester Oxford Road train station.

Parking

Our Manchester office does not have a car park.

Manchester City Council operates free street parking for Blue Badge holders. There are parking bays on Whitworth Street, close to the main entrance.  

Alternative street parking is available via Just Park. This is 20m away, on Atwood Street. The surface of Atwood Street is cobbled. There are dropped kerbs on the street corner. You can pre-book a Just Park space here

The nearest public car park is the NCP Manchester Palace. This multi-storey car park is 25m away from the office. There are lifts in this car park. There is an early bird rate if you arrive before 9am. If you arrive after 9am, you can get a discount by stamping your ticket at our reception desk on the sixth floor of Bridgewater House. You can pre-book an NCP space here

What to expect when you arrive

Main entrance

Step-free access to Bridgewater House is provided via the main entrance on Whitworth Street. 

The accessible door is located to the right of the rotating door. This door is 110cm wide and opens inwards. It can be opened by pushing the intercom button.

You can see a photo of the main entrance above.

Inside the building

Ground Floor 

The ground floor of Bridgewater House is a large, open-plan reception, café and seating area which is split into an upper and lower level.

Reception 

The building reception is on the lower level. There are nine steps leading to the upper level. These steps have handrails on either side. 

Wheelchair or pushchair access to the upper level is via a platform lift. The lift gate opens outwards. The width of the lift gate is 83cm. To use the lift you will need to ask for assistance at the building reception.

Accessible toilet 

The accessible toilet is located along a corridor to the rear of the upper level. There are double doors leading into the corridor. These doors are 165cm wide. 

The toilet door opens inwards and is 86cm wide. 

Lifts and stairs

You can reach our office on the sixth floor by using the passenger lifts or stairs, located to the left of ground floor reception. 

  • The lift doors are 83cm in width and the buttons are within 112cm of the floor.
  • The lift buttons are raised but are not in Braille.
  • The lift has an audible announcer.
  • The stairs have a handrail on one side.

You can ask the staff at ground floor reception to contact British Council reception if you would like assistance at the lifts.

Office entrance (sixth floor)

When you reach the sixth floor, there are two sets of double doors. The left-hand doors are accessible and can be opened by pushing the large circular button on the green tiled wall. These doors open outwards, into the lift lobby. The width of these doors is 118cm.

Once you pass through the doors, there is an orange ramp on the left which leads into the reception area. There is a hand rail on the right of this ramp. 

Reception (sixth floor)

On arrival, you should report to the security officer at the reception desk. The security desk is low-level. 

There are three doors leading from reception into different parts of the office. These are:

  • double doors leading to the Palace-side of the office: 155cm wide.
  • single wooden door leading into the café: 75cm wide.
  • single glass door leading to the Atwood-side of the office: 85cm wide. This door is heavy so please ask the Security officer located at the reception desk if you would like assistance.  

Office overview

The office is open plan and on one level across the sixth floor. Walkways are wide and accessible to visitors using wheelchairs.

There are a total of four orange ramps across the front corridor, where the lifts are located. All ramps have handrails on one side. 

Meeting rooms

All meeting room doors open inwards and range between 75 and 85cm in width. 

Meeting rooms do not have a hearing loop.

Accessible toilet

There is an accessible toilet located near reception on the sixth floor. 

The toilet door opens inwards and is 87cm wide. 

Café 

There is a café located through a door off the reception area. 

The café door opens inwards and is 75cm wide.