Manchester University to develop North Campus site

WCN Editorial Team 31 Jul 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Manchester has decided to develop its North Campus site in Manchester city centre into an innovation district over the next 20 years and has secured approval from the board of governors for a proposal to seek a corporate partner for the project.

The university’s engineering schools are scheduled to move to the new multi-million Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) adjacent to the university’s main Oxford Road campus in 2021.

The university expects the mixed-use site to attract research, development, cultural and technology companies, besides accommodating new residential space.

The area and buildings proposed to be developed are around Sackville Street and adjacent to Piccadilly Rail and Metrolink stations. Under the plan, the 11.8-hectare site will be developed into a research and business campus.

The university will retain the south end of the site where it has research activity, including the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre and the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology. It will continue to hold the freehold for the entire site.

The site will focus on specialities that combine the research and industrial strengths of the university and the city region with national economic priorities, including advanced materials, applied health innovation, AI and digital technology and industrial biotechnology.

The development is expected to generate up to £2bn of growth over the next 20 years for the local economy, create 6,000 jobs, and ensure the long-term financial strength of the university by delivering an income stream for investment in the university’s educational and research activities.

The university has been discussing its plans with Manchester City Council and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the work is expected to commence after the staff and existing facilities are transferred to its new MECD buildings in 2021.

North Campus will provide opportunities for graduate employment and student placements. The development is expected to benefit from easy access to transport links, as well as national and international markets.


Image: University of Manchester’s North Campus. Photo: courtesy of The University of Manchester.

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