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First look: Manchester's sustainable super-campus

John McAslan & Partners reveal designs for a £120 million project for Manchester Metropolitan University

Manchester City Council has approved the masterplan for the £120 million ‘super campus’ scheme for Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) in Hulme. The project, designed by John McAslan & Partners, is now out for public consultation; a formal planning application is expected in three months.

The new development will deliver a drastic contrast to Hulme, an area which in the 1960s underwent the biggest slum clearance in Europe. The developers claim the project will create more than 300 jobs, boost the local economy and provide new paths to higher education for local students.

McAslan says the main principle of the plan is to establish an environmentally sustainable campus. In addition, the site will serve as a guinea pig for evaluating similar models of sustainability within an urban environment. The buildings will be designed to incorporate the latest environmental technologies aimed at minimising carbon, water and waste, and maximising ecology.

Aidan Potter, director of John McAslan said the new construction ‘will create world-class higher education facilities linked and embedded in the local community… we anticipate that the campus would be the greenest in the UK.’

John Brooks, the MMU vice-chancellor, added that ‘… [the new campus] serves creating jobs and opportunities and helping to address crucial agendas for the city on health and education.’

The project is part of a £400 million investment in MMU campuses across Manchester and Cheshire.

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