RICS Social Awards North West 2020
Alliance Manchester Business School
The Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) has won an award at the RICS Social Impact Awards North West 2020 in the Education Sector. They also won a design excellence award last year at the Insider North West Property Awards.
AMBS is the largest campus-based business and management school in the UK, with approximately 2,000 students and over 200 teaching staff. The project included extensive remodelling and refurbishment of the existing Business School, to provide significant modernisation and improvements to its teaching and administrative accommodation, and a new library and enterprise zone, as well as updated catering facilities hosting a mix of high quality brands and amenities.
One of the more significant elements of the project’s objectives was to remove the large, over-bearing bridge structure that crossed Oxford Road. The bridge acted as a link between the campus buildings on either side of the road, providing a physical route for several of the university’s essential M&E services to cross including fibre optic links serving the site wide campus, 2000 pair copper telecommunication cables, site wide campus CCTV via coaxial and fibre, and heating mains distributed from the Manchester Business School building’s steam energy centre.
Hulley and Kirkwood’s appointment as mechanical, electrical, and sustainable engineers also included BREEAM assessor role, cost consultation and vertical passenger transportation duties.
The judges said:
The business school forms part of the entrance to the Manchester University Campus and has undergone a significant redevelopment which has transformed the gateway to the campus and the surrounding built environment. Whilst very much a functional space, the redevelopment has created a space which benefits the students, staff and the wider community. The works involved transforming the old, dated educational facilities into a bright, usable space, allowing teaching to be conducted in an open environment, improving collaboration amongst teaching staff. The use of light and sustainable building materials creates the perfect environment for the building’s educational needs. The outdoor space and surrounding commercial uses have been re-energised, encouraging dwell time for students, staff and local people. The design has improved connectivity to students and staff alike, the benefit being to the wider Manchester University and business users, not just the business school.