North West Square | Major projects completed at Manchester Metropolitan University


BDP designed the Institute of Sport. Credit: via Manchester Metropolitan University

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Manchester Metropolitan University has taken possession of its flagship School of Digital Arts and Institute of Sport buildings, projects reflecting a combined investment of over £ 60million.

Scheduled to accommodate students over the next few weeks, the £ 35million SODA facilities include a digital innovation lab, green screens, editing rooms, a multimedia gallery and production studios.

Due to the opening for teaching in January, the Sports Institute building houses the latest technology and equipment for the study and advanced research of sports, including an MRI scanner and an extreme climate chamber. .

Andrew Fallon, Director of Domains, said: “The two new buildings will differentiate our student experience, providing cutting-edge study and research spaces, while helping us achieve our sustainability goals on campus.

The floor was inaugurated on SODA in November 2019. The architect was Feilden Clegg Bradley and the contractor Kier.

Entrepreneur Eric Wright was selected in early 2020 for the Institut du Sport project, which takes over the plot formerly occupied by the students’ union. BDP designed the project, with the professional team also including planner Deloitte, engineer Curtins, Gardiner & Theobald and Hoare Lea.

Elsewhere on campus, currently on the site is the £ 45million Faculty of Science and Engineering, part new construction and part refurbishment of the John Dalton complex. Bowmer + Kirkland was appointed prime contractor at the end of 2020.


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