Manchester Metropolitan University’s ambitious plans for a new super-campus in Hulme have received formal backing from Manchester City Council.
The Strategic Development Framework for Birley Fields was approved at a meeting on June 24 of the Executive, the political decision making body of the Council.
The 45,000 square metre site – the last large development site in the city-south area – will now pass into MMU ownership as the future home of 6,000 staff and students from the Institute of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.
The £120 million package will deliver outstanding teaching and research spaces, a student information point, student accommodation, car parking, shared community facilities and a major public square fronting Stretford Road. The new campus will be at the cutting edge of sustainable building design and will be supported by a robust travel plan.
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 new links and opportunity.”
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.”
Shortly, the University will be appointing architects who will undertake a wide consultation process with staff about the future shape and content of learning and teaching spaces, and about the general layout of academic buildings.
The City Council decision also opens a three-month period of public consultation to inform the formal planning process. A supporting website includes the supporting documentation around the proposals.
Director of Services at MMU Mary Heaney said: “The decision reached at the City Council Executive is testimony to a superb level of partnership working between Hulme and Moss Side councillors, officers of the council, University staff and our external partners.
“I would like to thank everyone who has been involved in getting the project to this stage in just 11 months.”