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Old March 8th, 2012, 01:13 AM   #1101
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Multimillion-pound health bonanza for Manchester

01 Mar 2012

Manchester researchers are celebrating after securing £12.5 million of Government funding for clinical research in the city.



Three leading hospital trusts, working closely with The University of Manchester, have been awarded the money to carry out research into many of the major diseases and illnesses that affect the population of Greater Manchester and the wider North West.

The three Clinical Research Facilities that will receive funding are:
•Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, alongside other Greater Manchester Trust partners, will use £5.5 million funding to support studies for people with diseases such as arthritis, psoriasis, depression, addiction, and diabetes.
•The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, which will use the £4.5million funding to support early-stage trials of treatments for people with cancer.
•University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, which will use the £2.5million funding to support early-stage trials of treatments for people with lung diseases such as asthma, fungal infection, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and also food allergies.

Researchers believe the success of these bids reflects the scale of expertise in conducting clinical trials in Manchester’s NHS organisations and The University of Manchester, which collectively form MAHSC (Manchester Academic Health Science Centre).

MAHSC Director Professor Ian Jacobs, Dean and Vice President of the University’s Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, said the announcement represented a “Red Letter Day” for Manchester and further enhanced the reputation of the city as a leading international centre for healthcare and health science.

He said: “An extraordinary level of collaborative joint working has been achieved which makes it possible to conduct trials of the highest quality, on a large scale in a broad range of health areas, including cancer, respiratory, neurological, cardiovascular, musculoskeletal and inflammatory disorders. This funding will lead to new healthcare innovations that will be rapidly applied for the benefit of our population through the MAHSC partnership.”

NHS Trusts and Foundation Trusts with clinical research facilities submitted bids for the funding, which were judged by a panel of UK experts in both medical research and in running clinical research facilities. Winning bids were selected on the basis of the quality and volume of world-class medical research they support, as well as other criteria including the strength of their partnerships with universities and industry.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: “These important awards build on the great strengths across the University and its partner NHS Trusts and span our research from basic discovery through to patient benefit."

Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley said: “Both public and patients think it’s important that the NHS should support research into new treatments, and we agree. That’s why we’re investing over £100m in research facilities, nurses and technicians to help make the NHS a world-class place to do research.

“These researchers will push forward the boundaries of what is possible. These are the people and the labs where the very best new treatments will be developed for a huge range of conditions - from cancer to diabetes and heart disease. NHS patients are the ones who will see the benefit of their work.”

Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department of Health added: “These are very exciting times for clinical research in the UK, and this funding is a reflection of the commitment we have to supporting world-class experimental medicine.

“The Clinical Research Facilities will play a key role in supporting advances in treatments for a wide variety of diseases and supporting collaboration with industry. Thousands of people will benefit right across the country.”

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Old March 16th, 2012, 04:39 PM   #1102
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Manchester and Cheshire Construction wins £1m Manchester Museum refurb

Buillding firm Manchester and Cheshire Construction has landed a £1m contract to refurbish the Ancient Worlds galleries at The Manchester Museum.

Work will start next month and is due for completion in September. The galleries, featuring the ancient civilisations of Egypt, Rome and Greece, are due to re-open in October.

The contract is the latest listed building refurbishment for the Salford-based company, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year with record* turnover of £5.6m.

It has recently completed projects at Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery and the Orangery at Tatton Park, Cheshire.

The museum, on Oxford Road, is located at the University of Manchester.

Chris Purcell, business development manager at Manchester and Cheshire, said the galleries contract was the firm's first under the university's new construction framework.

Other contractors for the Ancient Worlds revamp include Greater Manchester companies such as architects Buttress Fuller Alsop Williams, project manager AA Projects, of Sale, and quantity surveyors Appleyard and Trew, also of Sale.

Mr Purcell said: “We were able to break into this sector through our work for the university on the previous framework, as they have a large number of listed buildings. We used this experience to build up our reputation and now have an excellent portfolio of listed building and conservation projects.

“We are delighted to be involved in the refurbishment of a building we all know and love.

“I remember going to the museum as a child and being terrified of the giant spider crab, and I now enjoy taking my own two sons there. It's great to be involved in the building on a professional basis.”


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Old March 22nd, 2012, 03:36 PM   #1103
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Coloured glass slats are starting to go in the front now:

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Old March 29th, 2012, 11:26 PM   #1104
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DTZ to help university dispose of surplus sites

29 Mar 2012, 18:04


DTZ has been appointed by Manchester Metropolitan University following a competitive tender to advise on the future of a number of sites which are surplus to requirements.

As a £350m investment in new campus facilities nears completion, the university is consolidating all of its educational provision into two locations in Manchester and Cheshire.

DTZ will provide strategic advice to the university on future potential uses and the approach that the university should follow to sell the sites.

The Manchester provision will include the current All Saints Campus on Oxford Road and the planned new Birley Fields campus in Hulme. As a result the university will be vacating a number of its current sites on a phased basis over the next few years. Sites that will become surplus will include the Aytoun Street campus in Manchester city centre, the Didsbury campus, the Elizabeth Gaskell site and the Hollings site in Fallowfield, as well as much of the university's site at Alsager in Cheshire.

Ryan Keyworth, deputy director of finance at MMU, said: "The process of rationalising the estate is an important step for the university. Now is the right time to develop our plans for the future of the surplus assets."

John Keyes, lead director on the contract at DTZ, said: "We are very pleased to be advising the university in this important and exciting role. The surplus sites are important assets for the university but also important assets for the local community and it will be vital that appropriate uses are found for the future."
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Old April 15th, 2012, 03:25 PM   #1105
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Old April 15th, 2012, 03:34 PM   #1106
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I like that. Reminds me of the coloured glass on the front of the MMU building opposite the student union building.
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I think its similar to the new Business School building proposed.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 03:09 PM   #1108
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Seems to have been being refurbed for ages, but it's getting there:



Lovely sunshine helping to highlight the coloured glass panels:

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Old May 26th, 2012, 03:36 PM   #1109
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Cheers gshutty. What's the progress being made on the art and design building up the road?
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Old May 26th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #1110
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Cheers gshutty. What's the progress being made on the art and design building up the road?
SLOW! At least it seems that way, though it's probably just the essential (boring) stuff that's happening, as opposed to shiny exteriors now that it has topped out. The jury is still out on this one for me. i'll look to grab a pic.
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Old May 26th, 2012, 06:11 PM   #1111
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i'll look to grab a pic.
Cheers! Also if you happen to pass by the student developments around whitworth park I'd really appreciate a pic! I would myself but I'm not in Manc at the minute and your updates are much appreciated. Keep up the good work!
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Old May 28th, 2012, 04:38 PM   #1112
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Cheers! Also if you happen to pass by the student developments around whitworth park I'd really appreciate a pic! I would myself but I'm not in Manc at the minute and your updates are much appreciated. Keep up the good work!
Will do. They're two big buggers on either side eh!
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Old May 30th, 2012, 08:06 PM   #1113
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World's largest telescope to be managed from Jodrell Bank

May 30, 2012

A location has been chosen for the world's largest telescope, which will be managed from Cheshire and is set to help develop new communications and renewable energy technologies.

The Square Kilometre Array is a £1.2bn project to build a radio telescope made up of thousands of small antennas spread over a distance of more than 3,000 km to simulate a single giant radio telescope.

Once complete, the telescope will be 50 times more sensitive than any other and will help answer questions about the formation of the Universe. The SKA will be built in South Africa, Australia and New Zealand where the view of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, is best and radio interference least.

Construction of the project, which is headquartered at the Jodrell Bank observatory, is scheduled to begin in 2016 for initial observations by 2019 and full operation by 2024. Richard Schilizzi, Manchester University professor of radio astronomy and head of the SKA Group, said: “The SKA will be one of the top global science projects of the 21st century. “The findings of this project will benefit many other areas, such as information and communication technologies, wireless communication, sensor technology and renewable energy.”

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is providing funding for the UK’s involvement in the project, which also includes 20 other countries. Scientists and engineers from the UK and around the world have forged links with industry partners for the project, which is driving technology development in antennas, data transport, software and computing and power.

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Old May 31st, 2012, 02:22 PM   #1114
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Here you go SlowBurn. I would have got better pictures of both, but parking is a nightmare around there.

The development north of Whitworth Park:





The development south of Whitworth Park:

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Oh my god that one to the south of the park does not look good at all!

Cheers Shutty and thanks for all the other updates too
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University of Manchester hires magneticNorth for digital screens brief

The new Alan Gilbert building



The University of Manchester has appointed magneticNorth to develop a network of digital screens that will feature in its new Alan Gilbert Learning Commons building.

The digital screens will act as the building's signage, replacing traditional signposts with more interactive directions including a campus map.

Manchester-based magneticNorth was awarded the brief after a competitive pitch involving other 'several' digital agencies in the north west.

Rosie Jones, learning commons development manager at the university, said: "The Alan Gilbert Learning Commons will be a flagship building for The University of Manchester and so it is crucial that the signage within this building matches up to these expectations."

Adam Todd, creative director at magneticNorth, added: "Our task is to enhance the student experience using digital media embedded in the building itself. A continuation of our work with large format, multi-touch devices."
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Old June 16th, 2012, 04:02 PM   #1117
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Alan Gilbert Learning Commons Building:



Slightly different full frontal angle:



Th'Art Building with steel framework in place:

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Old August 7th, 2012, 08:51 PM   #1118
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Manchester to lead BP's £60m materials research base

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THE University of Manchester is to be the hub of a £60m international materials research centre funded by energy giant BP.

The investment in the International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM)
by the oil and gas supplier will be made over the next 10 years, and will be shared with Cambridge University, Imperial College, London and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The new facility will be developed within Manchester's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Announcing the investment Bob Dudley, BP’s group chief executive, said:
“Advanced materials and coatings will be vital in finding, producing and processing energy safely and efficiently in the years ahead.

"Energy producers will work at unprecedented depths, pressures and temperatures; as refineries, plants and pipeline operators seek ever better ways to combat corrosion. Manchester has world-leading capabilities and facilities in materials and it was chosen after a global search to act as the ‘hub’ of the centre, with ‘spokes’ in other university departments worldwide.

"We look forward to building a very productive partnership between our professionals and the academic team at Manchester.”

Described as a "strategic long-term investment' the BP-ICAM will create 25 new academic posts, at least 100 PhDs and 80 post-Docs, and help maintain the world-leading status of the UK in the research of advanced materials.

The investment was welcomed by the Chancellor, George Osborne, who said: "The Government is committed to creating an environment in which innovation can thrive and businesses can grow: that’s why top businesses such as BP are investing in the UK and supporting our world-leading universities in delivering cutting edge research.”

Business Secretary Vince Cable added: “Collaboration between business and higher education institutions is boosting the status of the UK as a driver of innovation, and giving our firms a competitive edge. I’m pleased that BP has chosen to partner with a number of our world class universities to find new and more efficient ways of using and generating power.”

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, vice chancellor of Manchester University, heralded the investment as an "excellent announcement for UKscience."

She added: "We are very pleased that BP has chosen The University of Manchester to be the Hub for the ICAM, utilising our world-leading breadth of research expertise in advanced materials and their applications to address the current and future challenges facing industry."
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Old August 8th, 2012, 11:36 PM   #1119
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Birley Fields

Some roads have been closed off and wooden fencing is going up, ready for the start of the Birley fields campus development. The Southern entrance to Manchester, along Princess Road could look very different in 5 yrs.
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Worthy of a walk around if anyone's around with a camera, but here's a snapshot of the Oxford Rd frontage, now that the boards are down:

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