Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley campus provides world-class teaching and learning facilities.
Manchester Metropolitan University’s Birley campus is home to the Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care and the Faculty of Education.
The academic building provides a new learning and teaching environment for more than 6,000 students with facilities including lecture theatres, specialist teaching accommodation and social learning areas. The development can also accommodate around 500 academics, researchers and technical staff.
We were also responsible for delivering the campus’s multi-storey car park and energy centre.
With the building housing a diverse range of specialist legacy teaching equipment transferred from two existing campuses, and classes due to begin just six weeks after sectional completion, the migration to Birley presented a significant challenge.
The adoption of a Soft Landings approach ensured a smooth transition from construction to occupation and has helped optimise the building’s operational performance.
The use of BIM increased collaboration, reduced clashes and allowed us to maximise off-site prefabrication of the structure and services to deliver resource, programme and cost efficiencies.
Our value engineering solution for the building’s signature solar veil improved quality, increased robustness and provided the university with a considerable saving.
The campus incorporates a range of sustainability technologies designed to help the university meet its zero water, waste and carbon aspirations.
These required extremely thorough commissioning procedures and subsequent training in their use by the university’s FM teams to ensure efficient operation.
The contract was awarded following our successful delivery of the university’s landmark Business School and Student Hub.
Members of our project staff were embedded within the university’s Birley team to maximise the benefits of Soft Landings.
“The handover of the Birley Building has been a resounding success and should be used as a model of good practice moving forward.” Damion Shaw, Manchester Metropolitan University Facilities & Decant Manager, Birley Building.