Humanities Building, UoM, c Google Earth snapshot

The 1970s building [centre] requires an upgrade. Credit: Google Earth

Uni of Manchester to cut carbon at Humanities Building

A string of measures that could reduce the modernist building’s emissions by up to 77% have been proposed.

The University of Manchester is seeking to make the 54,000 sq ft Humanities Building off Bridgeford Street more sustainable.

The proposed package of works at the 1970s building includes the replacement of the windows and roof and the installation of solar panels and roof-mounted air source heat pumps. New internal insulation is also planned.

The scheme forms part of the university’s decarbonisation programme, which aims to get the institution to net zero carbon status by 2038.

Halliday Meecham Architects is leading on design and Paul Butler Associates is advising the university on planning. Kings conducted the sustainability appraisal.

To learn more about the project, search for application reference 138210/FO/2023 on Manchester City Council’s planning portal.

Universities across the region are battling to reduce emissions from their ageing estates. Last year, Lancaster University was awarded £21m to create a clean energy network to heat its buildings.

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