MMU opens bids for £27.5m Birley Fields contract

Manchester Metropolitan University has issued a tender notice for the design and build of a student accommodation block at its Birley Fields campus.

The £27.5m contract is for a building made up of 480 student beds along with offices, living and learning space. MMU is looking for a contractor to start in June 2018, with the job being completed by June 2020.

The new building will be constructed at Plot E. The £139m Birley Fields campus was opened in 2014, following the decision by MMU to streamline its estate from seven sites to two.

The land was donated by Manchester City Council, with the 15-acre campus designed to accommodate 6,000 students and 500 staff, with 1,200 student accommodation spaces. The main building is the 250,000 sq ft Faculty of Education & Health, Psychology & Social Care, designed by Sheppard Robson.

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