Citylabs, where Manchester College has a medical sciences facility

College seeks site for central super-campus

The Manchester College has launched a search for a city centre site that could accommodate a campus of between 270,000 sq ft and 320,000 sq ft.

A contract notice has been issued declaring that the college wants to speak to landowners and developers that could help deliver a phased scheme within or close to Manchester’s inner ring road, although alternative sites with equivalent ease of access will be considered.

The £120m facility is intended to house 8,000 students and is the centrepiece of the college’s five-year estates strategy to grow and improve its estate.

In October last year, college principal Lisa O’Loughlin told TES that the “College 2020” strategy to provide best-in-class facilities would involve consolidating into “four or five” sites.

The institution currently offers learning for 23,000 students attending courses across 10 sites – three in the city centre, four in South Manchester and three in the north and east of the city. The central facilities include a Centre of Excellence for Medical Sciences at Citylabs.

At the start of June, the College announced that IBI had been awarded a £300,000 contract to design the £20m overhaul of the Wythenshawe, Harpurhey and Openshaw facilities.

Cushman & Wakefield is working with LTE Group, parent company of the college, on the project.

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I wonder where this could go? Could be a great anchor to get a new scheme off the ground. Does this bring The Shena and St John’s Campus to market?

By Golden Touch

Allied London will be overjoyed if they leave John St

By David

The Site on the left hand side of Chester Road; just before the Roundabout would be ideal. It has set empty for many years and is within the ring Road and not fr from Deansgate Station.

By Castlefield

Which site is that Castlefield?

By Netty