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Sheppard Robson falls off the University of Salford merry-go-round

The University of Salford’s Mediacity:UK merry-go-round has taken another twist after it emerged that Sheppard Robson will not be asked to build a new faculty for the college on the waterfront site.

The news follows the revelation that Danish practice 3XN’s 2005 competition-winning Faculty of Arts, Media and Social Sciences scheme for the university had been tossed on the scrapheap.

At the time, the university said it did not want to pursue the scheme, close to its existing campus, and was looking at building a facility from scratch at Salford Mediacity:UK – the huge media-led development which will also become home to many of the BBC’s departments currently based in London (pictured).

It was understood Sheppard Robson had been asked to take the project forward and to look at plots within the Mediacity boundaries.

However it now appears Salford University has had another change of heart.

Last week the university began the search for a design team to fit out one of the ‘off-the-peg’ base buildings which developer Peel Holdings – with architects Benoy, Fairhursts Design Group and Wilkinson Eyre – is already working on.

A spokeswoman said: ‘Our OJEU notice is for the appointment of a fit-out design team, with Peel Holdings being responsible for the appointment of the base-build / building-design team.’

To see the OJEU (number 2008/s36-049883) visit

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