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Sheppard Robson wins planning for Manchester University

Sheppard Robson has been given the go-ahead for this £25 million building to house the University of Manchester's astronomy, mathematics, physics and photon science departments.

The new 17,000m 2building will be zinc clad and split into three cantilevered 'sliding fingers'.

The mathematics and astronomy blocks are to be linked by a four-storey atrium and the proposed bridges will provide interactive areas for professors, students and researchers.

Looking onto the new University Place, the scheme will boast an over-sailing roof which will act as a suspension system for solar-shading louvres and will allow roof-level plant screening.

Lee Bennett, design director for the project, said: 'The design of a building unifying such diverse disciplines was a challenge which was met with enthusiasm and determination by The University of Manchester.

'The new accommodation will serve to support the growth of the university's research ambitions and provide a modern invigorating environment for students and professors alike'.

The scheme is expected to start on site in November and will open its doors to students in June 2007.

by Richard Waite

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