This development played a central role within the University of Manchester's "Project Unity", under which the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester merged to form a single institution.
University Place replaced the 1960's Mathematics Tower with a sequence of linked buildings which open up new pedestrian routes and public spaces. Located at the heart of the university, the scheme comprises a rich mixture of uses designed to enhance the image and capability of an inner city higher education institution.
The large, drum-shaped building which faces the city's busy Oxford Road provides a distinctive new public "face" for the university. The building has a strong civic dimension, worthy of its prominent position on one of the city's principal approach routes. Social, departmental and public facilities are provided including a 1000-seat lecture theatre, general teaching spaces, catering and office facilities and student accommodation. The development provides a new home for the School of Nursing and the Institute of Health Science. The design strategy also allows the teaching spaces and general student facilities (cafeteria, bar and accommodation) to double up for conference use, giving the university access to a lucrative income stream. This building is one of a series of projects undertaken for the University of Manchester, including a masterplan and public realm works, and student accommodation.
University of Manchester
John McAslan + Partners, Architect
Gifford Consulting, Structural Engineer
RW Gregory, Services Engineer
Bucknall Austin, Quantity Surveyor
Laing O'Rourke, Contractor
AA Projects, Project Manager
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