The McDougall Centre

The McDougall Centre on Burlington Street was built in 1938 as a drill hall for the 61st City of Manchester Battalion Home Guard.  Ironically, it was the only military installation in Manchester to be hit during the Manchester Blitz.  A bomb passed through the CO's office and the unit swimming pool without exploding.  It was later converted by J. S. Beaumont into the University Physical Education Centre.  Today it is home to the University's Islamic Prayer Hall.