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Access to facilities

As a community campus, individuals and groups are welcome to use the facilities at Brooks Building, Birley which include:

  • Birley Café serving a selection of hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches and cakes.
  • Birley Kitchen serving hot dishes, salads and sandwiches.
  • Meeting rooms and informal meeting spaces.
  • Large drama and dance studio with seminar room and changing facilities, equipped to support professional drama and dance classes and practice.
  • 4 large lecture theatres featuring first-class AV equipment.
  • Multi-purpose hall, the largest open space in the building with retractable seating for 200 and with the flexibility to accommodate sports, events, drama, production and public events.
  • The ground floor also has a teaching clinic for local health practice.

The public can also access the open spaces at Birley which include a community orchard, wetland area, woodland area and sustainability trail.

If you would like to enquire about booking space at the Brooks Building, please contact the facilities team at Birley. The best time to access facilities for community use is outside of term-time, evenings or weekends.  Please note that availability of space is subject to the University’s teaching, sporting and conferencing commitments. If you are a local voluntary organisation or group space is generally available free of charge. If you are a commercial organisation, or have larger events requirements you should direct your enquiry to the conference and events team on 0161 247 1565 or venues@mmu.ac.uk in the first instance.

The Birley Building is open to staff, students and the community during the following times (all year round, excluding Bank Holidays):

Monday - Thursday 7:00 - 22:30
Friday 7:00 - 20:15
Saturday 8:00 - 17:30
Sunday 11:00 - 18:30