HUGE cranes over Manchester signal good news for the city’s future.
Three tower cranes dominate the site of the £75 million Business School and Student Hub which is set to transform the main Manchester Metropolitan University campus on Oxford Road.
Progress is swift and that’s great news for business and management scholars and the University’s future, says Dean of MMU Business School Professor Huw Morris.
"These will be some of the best facilities in Europe, setting a new standard for business schools, and adding to the buzz and dynamism of the All Saints Campus and Oxford Road corridor.
Undergraduate to professional
"This major investment will further enhance the prestige of MMU Business School in our wide range of client markets; from undergraduate and postgraduate scholarship and research, to the growing arena of services to business through our Commercial Academy."
The highly-original jewel-shaped building, which will open in 2012, features three individual towers under a glass atrium and will boast catering and leisure facilities and conference facilities which will draw companies and industry associations from across Europe.
With the cranes on site since December, construction giant Sir Robert McAlpine has completed the substructure and foundations and the building will soon become visible above ground.
More than 4,200 tonnes of material has been excavated from site and 414 foundation piles sunk to an average depth of 40 feet – using in excess of 6,000 cubic metres of concrete!
Designed by leading sustainable design firm Fielden Clegg Bradley, the building will have strong green credentials, including a ground source heat pump used for cooling and heating, ground water recycling and the use of low 'embodied energy' materials.