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Birley Fields, Manchester Metropolitan University

Under construction by GBBS, the scheme involves the new build of 967 student bedrooms across 14 buildings at the new Birley Fields campus in Hulme.

The majority of the new bedrooms will be arranged in four-storey townhouses with large communal living and kitchen areas and private gardens.

A key element of the project is its environmental credentials, which are an essential part of MMU’s overall commitment to making Birley Fields a zero energy, waste and water campus. The student accommodation is targeting a BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’. It will benefit from a district heating system provided by a new energy centre installed as part of the wider campus development. All bedrooms will have a grey water system and GB plans to recycle 98% of waste generated during construction.

The timber framed student accommodation scheme is part of a wider £139m Birley Fields campus development that will see GB work alongside Sir Robert McAlpine as contractor for the academic building, multi-storey car park and energy centre. It is the largest construction project in the University’s ten year plan to consolidate from seven campus locations to two by 2014.