Manchester Metropolitan University

Our Facilities

An impressive addition to Manchester’s cityscape, our business school building has been designed to create an inspirational environment in which to learn, study and collaborate.

With a glass exterior and an alluring spacious and light interior, the building pivots around two open plan atria and spans seven floors.

Students can enjoy state of the art teaching and learning facilities including:
- Dedicated Student Hub
- Careers and Employability Hub
- Lecture theatres
- Seminar rooms configured for various learning styles and activities
- Dedicated IT and technology suites with PCs, Macs and laptops
- Group study zones
- Individual study spaces throughout
- Free WiFi throughout

There are laptop bars with power sockets on each of upper floors of the building where you can plug in your own laptop, connect to the network and work independently.

Dedicated facilities for postgraduate and PhD students

The seventh floor is a professional, exclusive area for our postgraduate, MBA and PhD students where teaching and seminars take place.
The PhD suite is a fully equipped workspace for our researchers with PC hot desks. There are social and study spaces throughout this floor that overlook Manchester’s skyline.

Teaching and learning spaces

Our teaching rooms throughout the building have been configured to accommodate different teaching styles and the preferred learning styles of different groups. For example, some of the seminar rooms have a cabaret (round tables and chairs) layout to facilitate group discussion whilst others have a Harvard style (horseshoe shape) seating plan to encourage interaction between students and the lecturer.

Lecture theatres
Our lecture theatres can seat between 70 and 250 people and are designed to be impressive arenas for any presentation – from a guest lecture to a conference keynote speech.

Study spaces
The building was designed to create a comfortable, light-filled study environment. Since one of the main construction materials is glass, you will be able to look up from your work and enjoy views across Manchester or across the building’s two atria.

There are lots of different study spaces to choose from. There are comfy settees and coffee tables where you can discuss group projects, fully-equipped group work areas where you can practice your presentation skills and quieter areas where you have space to lay out your papers and work on essays and assignments.

If you prefer a silent study environment, you can also find this in the Sir Kenneth Green University Library, which is next door to the business school.

On-site facilities

Boasting a range of on-site amenities, you will have all you need while you are studying here. These include: 

  • Hub Café and coffee shops, where you can purchase hot and cold drinks and a range of refreshments
  • Hub Kitchen, where a range of hot and cold food is served throughout the day
  • Secure lockers to store any personal items 
  • Secure cycle racks outside the building

Student hub

Your one stop shop for all student life enquiries, the student hub is located on the ground floor of the building and provides full range of information and advice including:

  • Accommodation
  • Student finance
  • Student support 
  • Course enquiries 
  • Learning and development service
  • Coursework and examinations
  • International student support 
  • Drop in services

Find out more about the Student Hub

Careers and employability hub

You will find the careers and employability hub on the ground floor of the business school, where a wide range of careers support is available, including:

  • Business school placements team
  • Postgraduate internships team
  • One-to-one careers advice 
  • Specialist support 
  • Careers resource area 
  • Drop in services 
  • Jobs board

Find out more about the Careers and Employability Hub

Sustainable building

As well as being an iconic addition to Manchester’s contemporary cityscape, the business school building enjoys strong environmental credentials. Designed by acclaimed sustainable architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, it has been constructed to the highest standards of energy efficiency and sustainable development currently achievable.

Our commitment to environmental sustainability is underpinned by the building being recognised for the certification of 'Excellent' under the BREEAM environmental assessment scheme.

Key features include:

  • Bore holes that provide the building with natural/untreated water that is used to cool or heat the building
  • Rooms are illuminated with energy efficient, daylight sensitive and proximity controlled lighting
  • Restrooms that use low water appliances and the toilets are flushed with ‘grey’ (untreated) water
  • Recycling stations positioned throughout the building enable staff and students to recycle as much waste as possible
  • Sourcing, where possible, materials and products from local manufacturers to reduce the impact of transporting goods
  • Choosing products with zero ozone depletion potential and zero global warming potential
  • Avoiding, where possible, the use of products that emit toxic substances in their manufacture

Business School awards

Since opening, the Business School has attracted significant recognition. These include:

Business School of the Year 2016

Winner of Educate Business School of the Year 2016.

Business School of the Year 

Highly commended in Times Higher Education Awards 2016.

Accountancy Lecturer of the Year

Fiona McEwan won the PQ Magazine Lecturer of the Year award category at the PQ Awards 2016.

Building awards

Prime Minister's Award for Better Public Buildings

Winner of category at the British Construction Awards 2013.

RIBA Outstanding examples of Architecture in the North West 

Recognised as being among Europe's best buildings by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Sustainability Award Winner

Winner of category at The Concrete Society's coveted Awards for Excellence in Concrete.