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University of Manchester unveils £11.5m expansion plans

Published: Monday, 28 September 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

One of the UK’s leading university’s has unveiled ambitious expansion plans for its physics and astronomy building.

The University of Manchester revealed proposals for the Schuster Annexe, a huge 27,000 square foot extension costing £11.5 million.

It is part of the university’s larger £1 billion campus masterplan and will see the Schuster building extended onto what is currently unoccupied land.

The main building is already famous as it was where Nobel-prize winning professors Kostya Novoselov and Andre Geim were able to isolate material graphene.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England will part-fund the project which will see the development of new learning spaces alongside an ‘Ideas Mill’ that will look at different teaching methods and at how learning occurs within the department. 

It is hoped the latter idea will provide an area where collaboration and networking can take place, while also being a centre for outreach activities.

Planning proposals for the site should be submitted by late September 2015 while work on the site could begin before the New Year with a scheduled completion date of early 2017.

A number of different firms are involved with the process, including architects Hawkins/Brown, Arcadis for project management and cost consulting, and White Young Green as multidisciplinary engineers.

Building control will be the responsibility of Butler and Young while Construction, Design and Management affairs will be dealt with by Keelagher Okey Klein.

Professor Martin Schroder, vice president and dean of the faculty of engineering and physical sciences, revealed the expansion plans are a continuation of a plan to invest in new core facilities across the university.

He explained that the finance will help improve learning and teaching at the university which should enhance skills and employability among students, while also enhancing the institute’s outreach capabilities.

The latest Academic Ranking of World, Universities puts the University of Manchester’s Physics department in 13th position globally.

Around 250 undergraduates and 50 postgraduates join the department every year, taught by more than 80 members of academic staff.

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