Tuesday22 August 2017

Manchester University unveils £150m science building proposals

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NBBJ scheme out to public consultation

NBBJ-designed proposals for a £150 million centre for advanced materials research at Manchester University have been submitted for planning consent.

The nine-storey block, to be named the Henry Royce Institute after the engineer and car designer, will house world-leading materials scientists, state-of-the-art equipment along with space for academics and industrialists to work together.

It will be located next to Sheppard Robson’s Alan Turing Building and near Jestico & Whiles’ National Graphene Institute.

Funding for the 16,000sq m building was announced by former chancellor George Osborne in his 2014 Autumn Statement as part of a wider £235 million investment in advanced materials research.

The university said work at the institute would be “initially focused” on nine core areas, including two-dimensional materials, nuclear materials and biomedical systems and devices.


NBBJ's proposals for the Henry Royce Institute

Cladding proposed for Manchester University’s Henry Royce Institute


University president and vice-chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said the building would be a “stunning addition” to the university’s campus and become a “focal point” for the UK research and commercialisation of advanced materials.

The university said the Royce Building would open in 2019.

Manchester city council has yet to set a date for the determination of the proposals. Public consultation for the development is open until December 30.



Readers' comments (8)

  • Hurry up and get it built and then we can all have fun nominating it for the Carbuncle Cup. It makes Sheffield University's 'String Vest' look rather good after all.

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  • The string vest is far far worse!

    (Biased Mancunian)

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  • I think it looks alright

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  • Austin Clegg


    What did Manchester do to deserve this?

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  • Harry

    (Copy. Paste) Hideous.

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  • How extraordinary that you can spend £150m on something so bland.

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  • @Austin

    I ask myself that alarmingly regularly at the moment. There is some total crap getting approved

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  • Are VW Beetle's in Manchester always so big?

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