Work to begin on Manchester Metropolitan University’s new building next year

WCN Editorial Team 17 Dec 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Manchester Metropolitan University has announced that the construction is set to begin on the new Science and Engineering buildings in January next year.

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

The new multi-phase project will be located on the land between the Mancunian Way, Chester Street, Oxford Road and Cambridge Street and will be connected to the existing John Dalton Tower.

The university said that the work on the new building as well as the refurbishment work is taking place simultaneously on the site on Chester Street.

It is planning to sign a contract with a British construction services business Bowmer + Kirkland to deliver the project.

The new project is said to be part of the University's ambitious Estates Masterplan Investment Programme, which has been investing £378.8m to transform its campus in the coming years.

The masterplan involves the construction of new buildings for Arts and Humanities, the School of Digital Arts and Birley Residences Phase 2 as well as the refurbishment of 99 Oxford Road and Ormond building.

The new building will create new facilities for research and lab spaces, including a 200-seat superlab, academic offices, social and self-directed learning areas.

Following consultation with the faculty’s staff and students, BDP has designed both the refurbished spaces and the new building.

Upon completion in 2023, the new building will bring significant benefits to the faculty and the University by providing enhanced facilities for the students.

Faculty of Science and Engineering deputy pro-vice-chancellor David Lambrick said: “When planning this project, we sought to create a diverse and technically advanced space that will help us to become a world-class Faculty of Science and Engineering.

“Our aim has been to shape space that will help to deliver more collaborative and impactful research, to grow our international community by attracting quality partners and academic talent from around the world, and to create a step-change in STEM education as a whole.”

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Rendering of the new Science and Engineering Building. (Credit: Manchester Metropolitan University.)  

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