Plans approved for Manchester Metropolitan University’s Science and Engineering building

WCN Editorial Team 13 Mar 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Manchester Metropolitan University has secured planning approval from Manchester City Council’s Planning and Highways Committee for the construction of its new Science and Engineering building.

The building will be located in place of the existing John Dalton West building, which will be demolished and a new seven-storey, academic building will be constructed.

Demolition work is expected to begin by the end of this year and the new building is anticipated to start welcoming students and staff in 2023.

To be located on the land between the Mancunian Way, Chester Street, Oxford Road and Cambridge Street, the new building will be connected to the University’s current John Dalton Tower.

The new building is part of the University's ambitious Estates Masterplan Investment Programme, under which ₤378.8m is being invested to transform the university’s campus in the coming years.

Under the Masterplan, new buildings for Arts and Humanities, the School of Digital Arts and Birley Residences Phase 2 along with refurbishments to the Ormond building and 99 Oxford Road will take place.

The new building is claimed to be sustainable and consuming low energy, will offer the Faculty of Science and Engineering new teaching spaces, laboratories including a 200-seat superlab, academic offices, social and self-directed learning areas.

It will also be home to the University’s 3D additive and digital manufacturing technology hub PrintCity and the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre, which will develop green, clean and accessible power. There will be a new energy centre as well as extensive public realm works.

Manchester Metropolitan University vice-chancellor Malcolm Press said: “Our new Science and Engineering Building will provide a hugely improved environment for students and staff.

“This ensures we can offer courses and business support that reflect Manchester’s aspirations and address its future challenges, such as tackling climate change and teaching the knowledge and skills required for the next generation of industries.

“At the same time, it will provide space for substantial growth in our research, where we play a significant role in areas such as healthcare innovation, advanced materials and manufacturing, digital technologies and decarbonisation.”

Turley, a planning and development consultancy, has offered planning, environmental impact, economics and strategic communications services for the project.

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Image: Artist’s image of the new Science and Engineering Building. (Credit: Manchester Metropolitan University.)

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