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Sheppard Robson wins approval for Manchester eco-campus

Sheppard Robson has won the go-ahead for its £110 million Birley Fields Campus at the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)

The practice took over the 6.3ha scheme in Hulme from original masterplanners John McAslan & Partners following a tender process in 2009 and subsequently ‘re-worked’ the development framework to a ‘revised brief’.

Last August the project, which features a new academic building for the Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care and the Institute of Education ‘veiled in glazed white ceramic and fritted glass panels’ (pictured), had £8.5 million worth of funding pulled by the North West Development Agency (NWDA).

However the MMU decided to press on with a slightly reduced development which will still create 42,000m² of new public realm as well as teaching, office and research facilities for the 6,000 students who are expected to use the campus.

Rupert Goddard, associate partner at architect Sheppard Robson said: ‘The design combines diverse public spaces with retained and newly planted trees, strong sustainability credentials and innovative architectural design, and will become a landmark project for Hulme and the city.’

Phase one of the 6.34 ha scheme is scheduled for completion in summer 2014.

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