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McAslan works up plans after university challenge success

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John McAslan + Partners is finalizing plans for a mixed-use teaching building at Manchester Metropolitan University.

The development, worth about £10 million, will take shape on a site once occupied by a sports centre at the university. Enabling works at the vacant site are currently taking place.

The practice, which is masterplanning a redevelopment of the university grounds, won a competition last year to design the building. Its proposal will incorporate a mix of teaching spaces, lecture theatres, administration offices and a public gallery. The building is expected to be complete by 2003.

John McAslan + Partners project architect Hiro Asho said: 'We have been looking at the various masterplan options for the building since winning the competition and now we have selected an approach and have been given approval to proceed to this stage of development.'

The firm was appointed to the project from a shortlist of practices, which included Edward Cullinan Architects, RMJM and Sheppard Robson.

The project will be run from John McAslan + Partners' Manchester studio, which will be officially launched next month.

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