Manchester City Council has granted planning permission for the renovation of the former Students’ Union building at 99 Oxford Road on Manchester Metropolitan University’s city centre campus.

Upon renovation, the building will house the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences.

The four-storey building is set to open next year and will provide teaching, research and support space for undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as academic staff.

It will feature research labs, including an imaging suite with an MRI scanner, a suite for bone density analysis and an altitude and heat chamber to simulate climate conditions.

Manchester Metropolitan University vice-chancellor Malcolm Press said: “As a centre of excellence, the Manchester Metropolitan University Institute of Sport will enable us to meet our vision of being a world-leading provider of sports and exercise learning, teaching and research.

“Bringing relevant staff and students together in this way creates an energetic and inspiring environment in which they can continue to make a profound difference to widening participation in grassroots sports and improving the performance of professional athletes, as well as contributing positively to the region’s wider wellbeing.”

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Work on the building is expected to start at the end of this April, with the opening set for September next year.

The building redevelopment is part of the university’s Estates Masterplan Investment Programme, which is investing £378.8m towards transforming its campus over the coming years.

It includes the second phase of the Birley Residences project, renovations for the Ormond building and the construction of new buildings for Arts and Humanities and the School of Digital Arts.