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£1bn expansion for the University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has unveiled an ambitious plan for expansion over the next decade that will cost upwards of £1 billion.

First phase of the new development is scheduled to get underway over the next six years and will cost £700 million. This investment will deliver a major refurbishment of the university's library, as well as a larger Students' Union, new centres for law and business, a new engineering campus and a new medical school.

In addition, the funds are to be used to create a new car park for staff and students alike, as well as a combined heat and power facility for the campus buildings.

The second £300 million phase of construction will begin in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by 2022.

It will see the creation of a new Biomedical Campus around the existing Stopford Building and the delivery of a new health centre for both students and staff. The works will also provide a comprehensive refurbishment of Schools of Computer Science, Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences, Mathematics and Chemistry.

Director of estates and facilities at the university Diana Hampson said: "Since the merger of the two universities in 2004, it has been our ambition to bring all of the academic activity together on a single site ... which will improve efficiency, improve the student experience and reduce the university's carbon footprint."

She added that the "visionary" building programme aims to deliver one of the most modern campuses in the world when completed.

Elsewhere in Manchester, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) recently revealed plans for the delivery of significant numbers of new residential properties across the city, with five sites earmarked for development over the coming years.

Manchester City Council will be working in partnership with the HCA and the Greater Manchester Pension Fund to create up to 240 affordable new homes that will all be subject to a part-purchase housing policy for buyers when they are finished. 

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