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Sandra Burslem Building

The practice's first built project in the north-west, the Sandra Burslem Building provided Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) with a new and distinct public face on the city's Mancunian Way.  This was also the first BREEAM rated university project for the practice.  The building houses the University's Law Faculty and incorporates teaching accommodation, lecture spaces and a public gallery in a seven-storey landmark building organised around a dramatic full-height atrium.  The atrium and 'floating' lecture hall space creates the kind of volumes and ambience of Britain's more modern and innovative courts buildings.  The materials and detailing are crisp and contemporary.

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  • Sector

    Higher Education

  • Location

    Manchester, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    Manchester Metropolitan University

  • Size

    6,500 sqm

  • Cost

    £10 m

  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Masterplanner and Architect
    Buro Happold, Multi-disciplinary Engineer
    Walfords, Cost Consultant and Project Manager
    BCA Project Services, Planning Supervisor
    Shepherd Construction Ltd, Main Contractor

  • Status

    Completed 2003

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