New building gets green light at Manchester university

A new cutting-edge building for science and engineering studies at Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) can go ahead after the project was approved.

The decision to approve the new structure was made by the planning and highways committee of Manchester City Council on March 12.

The large-scale project will begin at the end of 2020 with the demolition of the John Dalton West building, and a brand new seven-floor academic building will be erected at the site.

The building project will take place on land situated between Chester street, the Mancunian Way, Cambridge Street, and Oxford Road with the new structure joined to MMU’s iconic John Dalton Tower.

Malcolm Press, Vice-chancellor professor for MMU, commented:

“Our new Science and Engineering Building will provide a hugely improved environment for students and staff. At the same time, it will provide space for substantial growth in our research, where we play a significant role in areas such as healthcare innovation, advanced materials and manufacturing, digital technologies and decarbonisation.”

The new lab building features highly sustainable designs and uses low energy to run. Developing clean, green power alternatives, the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre will also be located on site. Today’s architects in Chester, Manchester and other Northern cities are increasingly incorporating sustainable features that are mindful of the environment.

Along with learning areas and academic offices, the faculty building will also house a state-of-the-art superlab capable of seating 200 people. The new MMU building plans to welcome both staff and students in 2023.

Posted by Mark
March 30, 2020
New Buildings

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