Uni search for project manager on £58m scheme

The University of Manchester is looking for a project manager to oversee the development of up to 150,000 sq ft of biomedical research space on the site of a car park at Dover Street.

The facility is set to include rooftop greenhouses, laboratories, write-up spaces and offices. The current preferred building design is a three-block multi-storey scheme, to be delivered over three phases.

The site is bordered by existing university buildings and the Holy Name Church.

The first block is 50,000 sq ft with a £18m construction budget, the second is 54,000 sq ft with a £24m budget, and the third is 43,000 sq ft with a £16m budget.

The appointment of a project manager is for all phases, although the initial project will only relate to phase one, and outline designs for phase two. The university said the third phase was provisional and may not be undertaken.

Occupation of the first block is due to be completed by July 2019, while the second and third buildings, if progressed, are due for completion in 2021 and 2024.

The contract value for a project manager is between £800,000 and £2.5m depending on the extent of the project. The deadline for receipt of tenders is 29 September at 2pm.

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