Manchester Metropolitan University’s proposals for its ‘community campus’ would create around 340 jobs, boost local shops and services by adding £29 million additional annual value to the economies of Hulme and neighbouring Moss Side, and open new paths to higher education for local people.
A report was submitted to the City Council Executive on June 24 to consider the University’s proposals. If approved, there will be a three-month period of public consultation to refine and develop the proposals before any more formal planning application is made.
MMU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: “A brand new campus is not only good news for students and staff but puts the university into the heart of the community it serves creating jobs and opportunity and helping to address crucial agendas for the city on health and education.”
The University plans to transform Birley Fields into a lively place of education, with a new public square and shared community facilities on “the most sustainable campus in the UK”.
The site – bordered by Stretford Road, Royce Road and Princess Road – would house the university’s teacher training and health faculties, educating up to 6,000 professionals for the region’s schools, hospitals, health and social services.
The new Birley Fields, would represent the latest exciting chapter in the ongoing regeneration of Hulme, and breathe new life into a site earmarked for development since clearance in the 1990s.
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said: “MMU’s proposal has the potential to herald a new chapter in the regeneration of Hulme. As well as the jobs it directly creates there will be significant spin-off benefits for businesses as students and staff spend money in the area. Crucially, it will also open up new higher education opportunities for local people.”
The £120 million scheme is part of a £400 million investment in MMU campuses across Manchester and Cheshire.