Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) was established as a Polytechnic in 1970 and became a university in 1992. It has over 33,500 students based at seven campuses, five in Manchester and two in Cheshire.
MMU want to reduce the number of Manchester campuses by building a new facility to combine two campuses (Didsbury and Elizabeth Gaskell) into one.
This new facility will be a new 22000 sq metre campus on the green Birley Fields lands. The development will consist of academic buildings, student accommodation, car-park and a public square. The All Saints campus combined with the Birley Fields campus would become the main MMU site serving 30,000 students.
The MMU say that the benefits to the local community (http://www.mmu.ac.uk/hulme/hulme-benefits.php) will be
- The new Birley Fields Campus creating up to 340 jobs, open up new training opportunities and create links with schools to help local children and young people progress into higher education
- Hulme and Moss Side benefiting economically from the development. It is estimated* the campus and its 7,000 staff and students will add £29.2 million net annual value to the local economy.
- The campus incorporating shared community facilities including a major new public square fronting Stretford Road at the heart of the site.
- The planned £120 million investment in the campus being a massive statement of confidence in the area, especially in a period of economic recession.
- Having the Greenest campus in the UK
But there questions and issues with the proposed development.
More information on the MMU development can be found here.