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£350 million investment

Our ten-year, £350 million plan to create an outstanding and inspiring learning environment started in 2004 with the planning for a range of new buildings to give our students the best learning and teaching experience possible. Financed entirely from existing resources, it represents one of the largest and most ambitious investment programmes of any UK university, and provides Manchester Metropolitan University with two outstanding university campuses, in central Manchester and Crewe, Cheshire.

  • 2015

    Our brand new £10m Students' Union building opened in January 2015 and is located in the heart of the Manchester Campus. We offer a whole range of services dedicated to you, including over 100 clubs and societies, an advice centre, representation, a shop, and a bar where you can refuel and relax with friends.

  • 2015

    We completed our ten-year investment plan in September 2014, having created exceptional study facilities and learning environments for students in every faculty. Over 32,000 students in central Manchester and more than 4,000 students in Crewe are benefitting from and enjoying an outstanding university experience as a result.

    A further £200m+ investment plan is in the process of being developed, which will focus on a range of existing buildings and the public spaces that connect the buildings. Our aim is to create a world-class, student-centred, sustainable urban campus for our students and staff to enjoy.

  • 2014
    £140 million campus building creates a new, central location for our Education and Health faculties. The newly-built Birley campus is a world-class academic and social campus for 6,000 students of the Faculty of Education, and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care. Alongside the academic building there is student accommodation for up to 1,200 students provided in ultra-modern, environmentally sustainable townhouses and traditional student apartments, all located within the 15-acre site and just a short walk from our main All Saints campus on Oxford Road. Our impeccable environmental credentials include an on-site energy centre that uses leading-edge technology to provide combined heat and power for the entire campus, and bore holes for heating and cooling the buildings and for supplying fresh water to the campus.
  • 2012
    £75m building to house our Business School and Student Hub, which contains some of the best teaching and learning facilities for both undergraduates and postgraduates to be found anywhere in the UK. It provides a range of high specification learning environments and student support services and with its impeccable environmental sustainability credentials it is one of the greenest buildings in Manchester. The building has won multiple awards for design including the Prime Minister’s Award for Best Public Building 2013 at the British Construction Industry Awards.
  • 2012
    £35m Manchester School of Art building, called the Benzie Building after our outgoing chair of Governors. This complements the School’s original 19th century buildings and provides classrooms, workshops and hybrid studios with multifunctional spaces, roof terraces and gallery spaces. Designed by Stirling Prize winning architects, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, the Art School provides exceptional working spaces for our art and design students.
  • 2010
    £10m Exercise and Sport Science Centre at our Cheshire campus. This dedicated modern centre is fitted out with the latest testing and research equipment including a series of large laboratory spaces, an altitude training chamber, genetics and biochemistry laboratory, eight court sports hall, 50 station fitness zone, data analysis suite and sport injury clinic. Our external facilities comprise of a ‘3G’ artificial football and rugby pitch and an Olympic beach volleyball court.
  • 2010
    £4m engineering block offering state-of-the-art facilities for research and teaching in surface engineering, materials, forensics, automotive engineering, dynamics and new media technology.
  • 2010
    £3m building for our Institute for Biomedical Research into Human Movement and Health, one of Europe’s leading institutes for biomedical research. Boasting 12 research professors, the Institute’s specialisms include genetics and cell biology, nutrition, orthopaedics, gerontology, exercise science and bioengineering.
  • 2009
    £6m Contemporary Arts Centre at our Cheshire campus. This professional complex includes six large well-equipped dance/theatre studios, specialist recording and post-production music studios, music technology suite, concert performance space and rehearsal rooms equipped with pianos, electronic keyboards, percussion and amplification systems and an art gallery hosting touring exhibitions throughout the year.
  • 2005
    £30m student accommodation complex of 799 en-suite bedrooms typically arranged in 7-bedroom flats each with a spacious communal kitchen and dining area. A 24-hour reception, secure parking and launderette are included within the complex. The accommodation is located within a short walk from the campus and leisure facilities.
  • 2005
    A £49m science and engineering complex containing high specification teaching laboratories and research facilities including blood biochemistry, biomechanics, motor control, exercise performance laboratories, multimedia research laboratory and a computer games usability laboratory.

A further £200m+ investment plan is in the process of being developed, which will focus on a range of existing buildings and the public spaces that connect the buildings. Our aim is to create a world-class, student-centred, sustainable urban campus for our students and staff to enjoy.