Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building Manchester, UK

As masterplanner and architect, Sheppard Robson led the design of Manchester Metropolitan University’s new Birley Campus. The campus provides teaching, office and research facilities alongside student accommodation, a green energy centre and 42,000m² of new public realm.

Its focal point is the Brooks Building, a new academic facility for the Faculty of Health, Psychology & Social Care and the Institute of Education, providing 6,500 students, researchers and lecturers with a modern teaching and learning environment.

The key design themes for the building are openness, informality and the dissolving of barriers between the community and higher education. The building is clad in a veil of glazed white ceramic and fritted glass panels which change in density across the facade and lift to reveal the community-accessible spaces on the ground floor. Birley Campus sits in the heart of Hulme on a prominent gateway to Manchester and has become a beacon for the promotion of higher education in the city.

  • Manchester Metropolitan University
22,000 m2
  • British Council for Offices - Shortlisted
  • RICS North West - Regional winner
  • RICS - Highly commended
  • Education Estates Awards - Shortlisted
  • Education Estates Awards - Shortlisted


Manchester Metropolitan University, Brooks Building




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