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Competition: University of Salford, Manchester

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The University of Salford is recruiting an architect to remasterplan its main city-centre campus and surrounding areas

The winner of the £250,000 design contract, split into two packages, will draw up a development framework for a 99ha area, including the university’s Peel Park campus and the neighbouring Crescent and Adelphi neighbourhoods.

According to the brief, the masterplan aims to ‘create a smart, integrated urban campus with permeable boundaries at the heart of Salford that enables strong industry collaboration and delivers a gold-standard student experience’.

The first tranche will upgrade the university’s ‘physical, digital and pedagogical environment’ while also overhauling its entrance and arrival sequence and improving the use of existing cultural assets such as the 1,200-capacity Maxwell Hall.

The second package will review consented and emerging schemes within the Crescent and Adelphi neighbourhoods and encourage more ‘comprehensive and cohesive’ development and an improved sense of place.

The university was first established as the Pendleton Mechanics Institute in 1850, and transformed into a university in 1967. Today it is home to around 20,000 students and 2,500 staff, and specialises in digital technologies, biometrics and health.

The university has a £190 million annual turnover and a strong focus on encouraging closer links between industry and academia.

The main campus overlooking the River Irwell is 2km west of Manchester City Centre and 1.5km from the multi-billion pound MediaCity development at Salford Quays.

Recent projects completed on the campus include an £81 million student accommodation complex by Sheppard Robson, and a £55 million gateway project by Stride Treglown. Both projects were part of a smaller 2009 masterplan for the university drawn up by Hawkins\Brown, which the latest development framework will supersede.

Other planned developments include a £6.2 million overhaul of the university’s main library and a £15.3 million refurbishment of the Newton Building to provide an engineering and environment industry-themed learning space.

The winner of the latest masterplanning contract will develop plans for social and collaboration spaces across the campus and improved branding around key arrival and entrances locations such as Salford Crescent Station, the A6 frontage and Peel Park, The Meadow and the David Lewis playing fields.

The team will also provide a framework for a mix of future developments within the Crescent and Adelphi neighbourhoods, including new public realm, green infrastructure, arts and cultural facilities and neighbourhood services.

The deadline for applications is 12pm, 20 March.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Dave Horton
University of Salford
5th Floor
Maxwell Building
M5 4WT

Tel: +44 1612957983
Email: d.horton@salford.ac.uk


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