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Old November 6th, 2009, 09:02 PM   #1001
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moberly hall demo still going along, parts of the lower block have been removed.

mmu business school has several diggers on site still and looks to be all action. hoardings have been extended and replaced recently.
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Old November 16th, 2009, 12:51 PM   #1002
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just got a view of mmu business school from a high vantage point- oh my it is a hive of activity. there are about 29 container crates/ work cabins!! something like 5 excavators, a queu of dumper trucks and low loaders, cement mixer, dozens of workmen, piling rig, pile cages and a lot more. i think it could do with its own thread started.

i'll try to get a pic from the up one of the nearby buildings soon. you can't really see much activity from ground level as it's all fenced off.
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Old February 13th, 2010, 03:34 PM   #1003
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Tender for the Refectory/Moberly Tower, new 'Learning Commons' building:
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2010/S 30-042809

Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Learning commons new build project.

Short description of the contract or purchase(s):

The University is looking to appoint a suitably qualified contractor to undertake the design, construction and fit-out of a proposed multi-purpose study facility which will accommodate over 1 000 learning spaces within a mixture of open plan learning areas and a variety of group learning rooms.

The Gross Internal Floor area of the proposed building is approximately 5 800 sq.m. of which 4 600 sq.m. will be accommodated within an existing concrete frame which has been retained, following the demolition/strip out of the existing building.

Estimated value excluding VAT: 12 500 000 GBP.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 03:20 PM   #1004
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Does anyone have a copy of an overall masterplan for the University Campus? Presumably they're working to one.

The little square outside University Place looks like it's been designed for a new building to go on its south side on the green opposite the Museum and north of Brunswick Street and I wondered if this is right.
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Old February 14th, 2010, 03:45 PM   #1005
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Does anyone have a copy of an overall masterplan for the University Campus? Presumably they're working to one.

The little square outside University Place looks like it's been designed for a new building to go on its south side on the green opposite the Museum and north of Brunswick Street and I wondered if this is right.
Here? http://www.estates.manchester.ac.uk/.../CampusMap.jpg May be out of date. Don't think it is.

Also. http://www.estates.manchester.ac.uk/...orprojects.asp
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Old February 22nd, 2010, 10:25 PM   #1006
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NWDA’s £4m nuclear investment in Manchester

22nd February, 2010


The North West Development Agency (NWDA) is to invest £4.4million towards a £16million nuclear research centre in Manchester.

The announcement was made by Lord Mandelson today.

The Centre for Nuclear Energy Technology (C-NET), based an Manchester University, will build links with industry and support research and development in the nuclear sector.

It will create 22 new jobs and is expected to be worth more than £20million to the local economy.

NWDA chair Robert Hough said the money would help ensure the north west was ‘equipped with the skills’ to capitalise on a ‘key growth sector’.

And Phil Woolas – minister for the north west – said: “Nuclear power provides reliable, cost-effective and low carbon energy, and will play a vital role, alongside renewable and clean coal, in a secure energy mix for the future.”

It does seem odd that all this should be happening in Manchester – which declared itself the world’s first ‘nuclear-free city’ in 1980 thanks to the campaigning efforts of the late Bill Risby.

Nonetheless, both Labour and the Conservatives seem committed to nuclear energy being part of Britain’s future - and I suppose there is a difference between researching and producing nuclear power.
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Old February 23rd, 2010, 09:31 PM   #1007
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moberly hall demo still going along, parts of the lower block have been removed.

mmu business school has several diggers on site still and looks to be all action. hoardings have been extended and replaced recently.
You can see my demolition pictures from the Moberly tower site here: http://davidoates.visualsociety.com/...25/demolition/
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Old March 25th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #1008
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Funding package secured for Birley Fields campus

Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley Fields campus in Hulme has been awarded grants worth £18.5m.

The campus, on a site once occupied by the Manchester Crescents high rise flats, has received £10m from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (Hefce), and a £8.5m grant from the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA).

Manchester City Council has also formally transferred land worth a further £10m to the university to ensure the move.

Professor John Brooks, vice-chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University, said: “The Birley Fields campus brings higher education right into the heart of the community, raising educational aspiration, boosting local business and providing new opportunities to access university knowledge and resources.”

The campus, projected to cost £150m in total, will house 6,000 staff and students in education, health and social care programmes and research, and could create more than 300 jobs and add £29.2m to the economies of Hulme and Moss Side.

Steven Broomhead, chief executive of the NWDA said: “The Birley Fields project will transform the way education is delivered in the region. The campus will be a true community affair with world class modern facilities to encourage opportunities for learning, create new jobs and improve the overall perception of the area.”

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, said: “The confidence shown in this project by funding bodies, despite the current difficult economic climate, underlines its potential to deliver enormous benefits in terms of jobs, educational opportunities and community facilities."

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Old May 15th, 2010, 04:17 PM   #1009
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Again from the current Cube exhib, Sheppard Robsons learning commons build:

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Old May 15th, 2010, 08:29 PM   #1010
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Does anyone know what's going behind it?
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Old May 16th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #1011
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Thanks NQ, I've not been back to CUBE since I stopped working in the city centre.

I'm glad to see the square at the rear being reinstated. There are some cracking buildings there which deserve a suitable setting. The new building I understand will be an office block.

It seems relatively small and almost pointless in the greater scheme of things. I feel certain that this amount of office space could have been accommeodated elsewhere on the University land and hope that it doesn't detract from the larger said square, that has been created.
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Old May 16th, 2010, 03:53 PM   #1012
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I heard a rumour that the there was going to be a bridge linking the new learning facility with the library.

Looking at these plans though, maybe this is for the next phase where the spare land at the back of the new build will be?
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 05:24 PM   #1013
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I heard a rumour that the there was going to be a bridge linking the new learning facility with the library.

Looking at these plans though, maybe this is for the next phase where the spare land at the back of the new build will be?
No bridge so far as I know. Open space becomes popular when the pennies get tight.
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Old May 22nd, 2010, 09:11 PM   #1014
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Don't know if this the appropriate thread or not but...
"New £3m visitor centre for Jodrell Bank Observatory"
won planning permission.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/m...er/8697251.stm
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 12:30 AM   #1015
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yes it's appropriate. See how it goes, might need a thread of its own. A surprising development I must say given that JB has been gradually fading away in recent years


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Old May 30th, 2010, 01:20 PM   #1016
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No bridge so far as I know. Open space becomes popular when the pennies get tight.
Probably not correct. It wasn't the most reliable source that old me.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 01:41 PM   #1017
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New app,
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Chatham Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Cavendish Street, Manchester. M15 6BR

Reconfiguration and refurbishment of Chatham Tower including re cladding and replacement of glazing, refurbishment of a retained plinth to the east of Chatham Tower, demolition of the existing undercroft and replacement with a new academic building together with access, servicing, public realm boundary treatments and associated works
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Old June 28th, 2010, 10:10 PM   #1018
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Ground broken on latest uni building

28 Jun 2010



Contractor Galliford Try has started construction of the new 123,500 sq ft Chemical Engineering Building for Manchester University.

The £30m project will be built in two phases and is part of the university's £650m estates redevelopment programme. The £16m first phase of the new building is due for completion in the autumn of 2011 on the corner of Booth Street East and Upper Brook Street.



The chemical engineering department at the university has 650 undergraduates and 130 taught masters students and this number is due to increase.

Prof Mike Sutcliffe, head of the school, said: "As one of a small group of elite chemical engineering departments within the UK, it is vital we have the facilities to match.

"Our broad research base in which engineers and scientists work seamlessly together enables us to study the design, operation and integration of different complex systems - particularly industrial, biological, and instrumentation - and apply chemical engineering in a 21st century context."

The new building was designed by Manchester-based architects Halliday Meecham. The practice has had 30 commissions in four years from Manchester University.

The rest of the project team is made up of quantity surveyors Gleeds, M&E consultants Jacobs Engineering UK, structural engineers WYG Engineering, project managers Davis Langdon, CDM Coordinators KOK and acoustic engineers Sandy Brown.
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Old June 28th, 2010, 10:23 PM   #1019
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Why does the new refectory building look like it's hanging over the road??
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Why does the new refectory building look like it's hanging over the road??
'Cos it will!
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