Accommodating unprecedented growth in Physics demand, the new annexe is designed to become a catalyst for excellence in STEM teaching and learning.
Part of the first phase of the University’s Masterplan – the project will allow the department to improve the student experience, diversify recruitment, enhance transferable skills and employability of their students and accommodate the recent growth in STEM-Foundation and Physics & Astronomy (P&A) undergraduates at the University.
The new site is challenging as it is adjacent to one of Manchester’s main roads. The building will provide an important civic marker at the gateway into the campus and Brunswick Street.
The Big Idea
At the heart of the building will be the Ideas Mill, an innovative learning space that will extend the possibilities for collaborative teaching and learning in the department. The Ideas Mill will also extend the outreach activities of the department and provide a venue for schools and industry.
The Building delivers circa 2,500sqm of accommodation across four floors, organised with the Ideas Mill and student services at ground floor, two linked floors of teaching laboratories and project space, and a top floor of academic office accommodation.
The building is designed to connect into the existing circulation and lifts in the Schuster Building, providing seamless connections with the academics and student’s occupying other parts of the Physics Department.
We aim to exceed the University’s standards for Sustainability.