As part of its change agenda, we aim to provide an estate that will improve the student experience, be more efficient and increase engagement with local communities and regional partners.
A £250 million investment programme is now underway that will produce the largest physical change to our estate since its foundation.
Work has started on the new Business School and Student Hub which designers say is at the forefront of green development in the city. In an original concept, three towers will sit under a single glass roof and the jewel-shaped building will refract colours that react to the changing patters of the sun. Solar panels on the large south-facing roof and ground source heat pumps will generate power for the building. The scheme also incorporates rain water recycling.
The Business School will be home to over 5000 students and 250 staff. Professor Ruth Ashford, Dean of MMU Business School, said
‘Our world-class intelligent new Business School building will be opening for students, employers and the community in 2012, offering an exciting learning environment and leading business to become an agent of world benefit. We will also aim to develop the skills and capabilities of students to be future generators of sustainable value for business and society at large and to work for an inclusive and sustainable global economy.’
The Faculty of Art & Design has recently been granted a £30m budget for an extensive reorganisation of its estate. This exciting new development will take place over the next three years for completion in 2012. The first stage, beginning summer 2009, will include a relocation and upgrade of the wood and glass workshops along with a reorganisation of our studio space. We will keep you up to date throughout the development process and will let you know how you can be involved in the project as it unfolds over the next three years.
MMU has announced a major development in its estates masterplan which will focus on developing a new city centre campus. This opportunity is seen as a powerful symbol and gateway for MMU’s community engagement, with a major focus on regeneration for the whole area.
Birley Fields Hulme campus, at the heart of the local community, will unite provision for teachers, nurses, social workers, psychologists and other healthcare professionals on to a single site.
The campus will offer new opportunities for learning and interdisciplinary research. Its proximity to the city centre and access to social, leisure and cultural attractions will enhance the student experience and facilities for local residents.
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