Plans have been approved for the refurbishment of the former Students’ Union building on the Manchester Metropolitan University’s city centre campus, paving the way for a new Institute of Sport. The centre of excellence will enable the university to create a globally recognised brand in sports education including sports science, engineering, management and marketing.
Our design for the four-storey building will provide state-of-the-art teaching, research and support space for undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff.
The cross-disciplinary institute will bring together world-leading researchers in musculoskeletal science with sports business experts with a range of experts from other faculties. It will offer specialist hi-tech research labs including an imaging suite with an MRI scanner, a suite for bone density analysis, an altitude and heat chamber to simulate climate conditions and a muscle function lab.
Construction work on the £26m project will begin in April 2020 and it will open to students and faculty for September 2021.
BDP is also designing a new seven storey building for the university’s Faculty of Science and Engineering providing innovative teaching spaces, cutting-edge laboratories, academic offices, self-directed learning areas and a new energy centre, as well as extensive public realm works. Plans for the £115m project were submitted in December 2019.
The developments are part of the university's ambitious Estates Masterplan Investment Programme which is set to transform its campus over the coming years.