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Architect yet to be appointed for £1bn Manchester university masterplan

The University of Manchester has yet to formally appoint architects for a planned £1 billion investment in its campus over the next ten years

Last week, the Russell Group university’s board of governors agreed to push ahead with plans to create a new single campus.

The university was established eight years ago following the merger of the Victoria University of Manchester and the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

A spokesperson for the university said the appointment of architects to the project had yet to be finalised.

The masterplan’s £700 million first phase includes a new engineering campus, law school, business school, medical school and student union.

Planned to be delivered over the next six years, the initial phase also includes refurbishment of the university library and world famous Jodrell Bank telescope.

Public realm improvements will include wider pavements and tree-lined boulevards.

A planned £300 million second phase would see a new biomedical campus and health centre constructed.

Running from 2018 to 2022, the project would also include refurbishment of the university’s computer science, environmental sciences, mathematics and chemistry faculties.  

The £1 billion project will allow the university to vacate most of its existing North Campus by 2018.

Director of estates and facilities Diana Hampson said: ‘Since the merger of the two universities in 2004, it has been our ambition to bring all of the academic activity together on a single site south of the Mancunian Way, which will improve efficiency, improve the student experience and reduce the University’s carbon footprint.

‘This visionary building programme will give us one of the most modern campuses in the world, where the vast majority of our students will be studying in brand new or refurbished buildings.’

President and vice-chancellor of the University of Manchester, Dame Nancy Rothwell, said: ‘For the first time, we will deliver a single site for The University of Manchester, where engineering, arts, biomedicine, business and all of our other activities live side by side, and our students will be at the real heart of a campus.

‘Our long-term aim, as restated in our Manchester 2020 Vision, has been to create a world leading university that would compete with the best universities in the world and would occupy a single, outstanding campus, where some of our beautiful old buildings would stand alongside the very best in modern facilities for our research and our students.’

Last month Sheppard Robson’s £24million learning centre at the University of Manchester officially opened its doors, the latest in a series of projects the practice has completed for the institution.


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