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Old February 27th, 2011, 03:13 PM   #41
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This will be brilliant, the entry into Manchester along Princess Road in Hulme gives the city a really bad first impression at the minute. This development along with the New Wakefield Street tower (and hopefully AXIS) in the background will be a great entrance for all those people coming from the Airport/South along Princess Road.
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Old March 2nd, 2011, 01:39 PM   #42
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MMU submits plans for Hulme campus

2nd March 2011

By James Graham - Business Correspondent

MANCHESTER Metropolitan University has submitted a planning application for its £110m Birley Fields campus in Hulme.

The project includes a 250,000 sq ft five-storey academic building which will hold lecture theatres, study areas and sports and arts facilities.

It will also feature a multi-storey car park for 300 cars and an energy centre which will serve the site and help it to become the "greenest" university campus in the country.

The development, which will serve 6,000 students, is part of an MMU plan to consolidate its operations on to two campuses, down from seven. It should be finished and occupied by 2014.

The university has also submitted outline plans for halls of residence to cater for 1,200 students and 46,000 sq ft of commercial, office and leisure space.

MMU vice-chancellor Prof John Brooks said: "In these tough times, we are proud to be investing in Manchester. These superb facilities are an investment in the next generation of teachers, nurses and health professionals and will strengthen the impact we have in our local community."

Rupert Goddard, associate partner at architect Sheppard Robson said: "The design combines diverse public spaces with retained trees, strong sustainability credentials and innovative architectural design, and will become a landmark project for Hulme and the city."
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Old June 23rd, 2011, 11:37 PM   #43
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Off to committee next week, minded to approve,
http://www.manchester.gov.uk/meeting...ways_committee

& this looks like a construction tender,
http://www.publictenders.net/tender/106729
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Old June 29th, 2011, 09:36 PM   #44
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MMU's Hulme campus set for approval

29th June 2011

By James Graham - Business Correspondent

COUNCILLORS in Manchester are expected to give the green light to plans for a new Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) campus in Hulme tomorrow.

The £110m Birley Fields scheme includes a 250,000 sq ft five-storey academic building which will hold lecture theatres, study areas and sports and arts facilities.

The project also includes a multi-storey car park for 318 cars and an energy centre which will serve the site.

The university has also submitted outline plans for five blocks with bedrooms for 1,200 students and 46,000 sq ft of commercial, office and leisure space.

The development, which will serve 6,000 students, is part of an MMU plan to consolidate its operations on to two campuses, down from seven. It should be finished and occupied by 2014.

According to a report prepared ahead of the planning, leaflets were sent to 8,000 residents about the plans and 11,000 were consulted at 43 meetings. The council received around 50 letters with most of them objecting to the scheme.

Birley Fields was the site of 1960s flats which were cleared 15 years ago. Since then the land has been left and campaigners say it is now a valued green space. There are 192 trees and 78 will be chopped down to make way for the new buildings. MMU has pledged to plant 234 new trees.

In its report the council said: "The redevelopment of this site is a priority in terms of regeneration and meets a number of regional and local policies, as such the principle of redevelopment is not in question.

"However, given the fact that the site has remained vacant for a number of years a thorough analysis of the issues had to be undertaken and it is this analysis that has confirmed that the proposal brings with it environmental and regeneration benefits, both of which are to be welcomed."
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Old June 30th, 2011, 05:51 PM   #45
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MMU wins consent for Birley Fields

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Manchester City Council has approved plans for the £110m campus for nursing and teaching students at Birley Fields on Princess Parkway in Hulme.

Manchester Metropolitan University submitted a detailed planning application to the council in February for the new campus aimed at 6,000 students.

John Brooks, vice-chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University, said: "We are delighted that the city's elected representatives have unanimously backed this progressive plan. This is the right plan for our students who will get a fantastic new experience and the right plan for the community in terms of the positive impacts it will have on educational aspiration, business growth and partnership working."

Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, added: "This is a significant moment in the regeneration of Hulme and neighbouring areas including Moss Side. It is particularly welcome investment in the current difficult economic climate and will create jobs and significant spin-off benefits for local businesses.

"It will also open up new higher education opportunities for local people and further enhance Manchester's world-class university sector, helping attract and retain people within the city."

The plans have received detractors with the Save Birley Fields campaigners calling for the proposals to be dropped, claiming consultation was poor, information about its impacts on traffic has not been made available and the existing green space is needed and should not be built upon.

Manchester Metropolitan University argue politicians, housing groups, and the NHS have backed the plans which include a sports hall, drama studios and other facilities available for community use and would see the phased building of student accommodation according to demand.

Drivers Jonas Deloitte, which advises MMU on planning matters, carried out a survey and said it found 80% of residents and businesses thought the campus would have a positive impact, and the university has encouraged local people to help shape the plans through questionnaires and community meetings.

MMU said a separate impact study carried out by Roger Tyms and Partners found that the campus would generate an additional £29m spend a year with local businesses in Hulme and Moss Side.

The campus incorporates green technologies into its design such as force ventilation and solar-heated water, car park berths for electric cars and proposals for enhanced public and sustainable transport.

Architects Sheppard Robson has designed the campus. Rupert Goddard, associate partner at the practice, said: "The design combines diverse public spaces with retained and newly planted trees, strong sustainability credentials and innovative architectural design, and will become a landmark project for Hulme and the city."
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Old July 1st, 2011, 07:47 PM   #46
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Manchester Confidential.

Bigger picture. Even though it's just a render it looks promising. Good addition to the drive into the city centre.

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AMBITIOUS plans for a £110m university campus in Hulme have been passed by Manchester City Council planners.

Manchester Metropolitan University says the scheme will bring huge economic and educational benefits to the local community.

"This is a significant moment in the regeneration of Hulme and neighbouring areas including Moss Side."

The university submitted detailed plans to the council in February for the new campus for 6,000 healthcare and teaching students at Birley Fields next to the Hulme Arch (see image).

The plans combine academic, community and residential use in a scheme which promises to create 300 jobs.

MMU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: “We are delighted that the city’s elected representatives have unanimously backed this progressive plan.

“This is the right plan for our students who will get a fantastic new experience and the right plan for the community in terms of the positive impacts it will have on educational aspiration, business growth and partnership working.”

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council said: "This is a significant moment in the regeneration of Hulme and neighbouring areas including Moss Side. It is particularly welcome investment in the current difficult economic climate and will create jobs and significant spin-off benefits for local businesses.

"It will also open up new higher education opportunities for local people and further enhance Manchester's world-class university sector, helping attract and retain people within the city."

Rupert Goddard, associate partner at architect Sheppard Robson said: “The design combines diverse public spaces with retained and newly planted trees, strong sustainability credentials and innovative architectural design, and will become a landmark project for Hulme and the city."
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Old July 11th, 2011, 01:08 AM   #47
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Demographic impact

The accommodation for up to 6000 students, together with the new-build on Wakefield Street and proposals in Salford, will move the axis of student living back toward the city centre from the southern suburbs. This should reduce the proportion of students in important residential districts like Withington, making these more attractive to a longer term population, families etc. which is essential for the stability and prosperity of inner suburbs.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 10:32 AM   #48
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MMU seeks contractor for student flats at Birley Fields

5 Dec 2011, 09:25



Manchester Metropolitan University is seeking a contractor for student accommodation at its planned Birley Fields campus.

In June the university won planning permission for the £110m Hulme campus which will cater for nursing and teaching students in Hulme.

It includes a 250,000 sq ft five-storey academic building which will have lecture theatres, study areas and sports and arts facilities.

Now it is inviting tenders for a design and build contract for five blocks with bedrooms for up to 1,200 students.

"The works may be phased with the first phase providing accommodation for an estimated 700 students," said a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union.

The university expects to invite at least five companies to tender for the 30-month job.

The deadline for expressions of interest is December 19.
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Old December 5th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #49
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It appears that Bonsall Street will become a footpath, I don't like this idea as it make Stretford Road very very congested and make the 86 route even slower than it is now.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 01:59 PM   #50
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MMU to develop 'townhouse' campus

7th December 2011

By Chris Barry - Editor, North West

MANCHESTER Metropolitan University will break the mould with a new student accommodation development in Hulme, TheBusinessDesk.com can reveal.

MMU, which has already announced plans for a £110m campus at Birley Fields, Hulme, just south of the city centre, will shun lower-cost high rise student flats, and will instead opt for a townhouse style design.

Although at an early stage - a tender for the construction has only just been released - the university expects 700 student rooms to be completed by 2014.

A spokesman said: "We have been looking at university accommodation in Lancaster and Bradford and we want town houses rather than large amorphous blocks."

Each town house will be home to 12 students each house would have its own front door, back yard and garden and recycling points.

MMU believes there are a number of benefits, social and environmental, about delivering accommodation in this way, compared with large student halls of residents.

These include: fitting in with the local built environment - there are a number of other three-storey townhouse developments in Hulme; it will create a better community spirit; it will encourage the students to behave more like home owners and they will also be responsible for their own carbon footprint.

Planning permission has already been grated to MMU for the new campus, which includes academic buildings, an energy centre, car park and outline approval for 1,200 student rooms.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 02:25 PM   #51
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Seems a bit weird to build townhouses on the one patch of Hulme that isn't surrounded by three storey townhouses. I'm also a bit concerned that it means no shops in the student residence blocks, as I think they would have brought a bit of life to Stretford Road.
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Old December 7th, 2011, 05:42 PM   #52
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Plenty of empty shop units in Hulme already though, sure a few of these will take off once there's an influx of students into the neighbourhood.

Some bars wouldn't go amiss either!
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Old December 8th, 2011, 01:04 AM   #53
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Let's hope the council follow their own guidelines. That way when the 12 bed townhouses are built they won't allow them a HMO licence on the basis that more than 10% of people in the area are already students.

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Old December 8th, 2011, 03:00 PM   #54
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It appears that Bonsall Street will become a footpath, I don't like this idea as it make Stretford Road very very congested and make the 86 route even slower than it is now.
Will it? I don't think I've ever seen a queue on Bonsall Street or Stretford Road. If an additional 30 seconds on the 86's schedule is an issue then I suspect Stagecoach will just abandon that section of route and run via Boundary Lane.

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Under Construction.

Looks like this is now U/C. I have a PDF confirming that remediation work has started and a friend who lives there confirmed this. If anybody can advise how to attach a PDF I'll do it.
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Looks like this is now U/C. I have a PDF confirming that remediation work has started and a friend who lives there confirmed this. If anybody can advise how to attach a PDF I'll do it.
Pretty sure you can upload PDFs to google docs.
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Birley Fields comes a step closer

Friday, 29th June 2012

STAFF moves from Didsbury and Elizabeth Gaskell to a new purpose-built campus near All Saints came a step closer this week.

The University has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) as the main contractor for the £139 million Birley Fields campus which will house the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

Pre-construction work will begin in July with the project scheduled to be completed in 2014.

SRM was awarded the contract for the energy centre, public realm works and the stunning ‘Sugar-Cube’ building which will house the academic teams.

http://www.staff.mmu.ac.uk/manmetlif...-a-step-closer
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Birley Fields comes a step closer

Friday, 29th June 2012

STAFF moves from Didsbury and Elizabeth Gaskell to a new purpose-built campus near All Saints came a step closer this week.

The University has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine (SRM) as the main contractor for the £139 million Birley Fields campus which will house the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care.

Pre-construction work will begin in July with the project scheduled to be completed in 2014.

SRM was awarded the contract for the energy centre, public realm works and the stunning ‘Sugar-Cube’ building which will house the academic teams.


http://www.staff.mmu.ac.uk/manmetlif...-a-step-closer
Following on from nq's good find.

A wealth of information, renders, drawings, etc. Shame the tower never survived the design. Can you find it?



Campus Proposals: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/birleyfields/proposals.php

Drawings and plans of the current Birley Fields proposal PDF, 18MB: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/birleyfields/mm..._and_plans.pdf

Birley Fields Presentation PDF, 5.2MB: http://www.mmu.ac.uk/birleyfields/bi...esentation.pdf

http://www.mmu.ac.uk/birleyfields/
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Looks good. It's certainly expansive & seems to have a good deal of public space. This could really transform Hulme and remedial work is already underway.

Ties in nicely on the southern corridor, with First St and perhaps the River St tower if it sees the light of day. Driving down Princess Parkway from the airport for example will become rather a dramatic 'hello Manchester!'
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The hoardings are going up around the site at the moment and Bonsall Street and some other spurs are now closed. That got me to searching for some visuals that show the campus with it's 'townhouses' in place of the student blocks that were in the planning application. I can't find them, the MMU website only touches on the main building.

Does anyone have any visuals for the new look scheme?
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