Ambitious new building project at Manchester Business School


The University of Manchester and Bruntwood have joined forces to drive forward a multimillion pound property development for Manchester Business School.

The £60 million project will create a new hotel, conference venue, and executive education centre in the strategically important Oxford Road Corridor.

The project will be delivered in several phases, with construction scheduled to begin next year. The new scheme will provide Manchester Business School with significant new facilities to service its growing student population, as well as the increasingly popular leadership and management programmes it delivers for companies such as Tesco, BAE and BT.

The first phase will see the development of a new four star hotel and conference centre. The hotel will provide a base for the numerous overseas visitors to the business school, as well as adding to the high end hotel space in and around Manchester.

The second and third phases will provide new teaching and administrative homes for the school’s MBA programme and the Executive Education offering. The final phase will include a resources and learning centre.

Professor Michael Luger, Dean of Manchester Business School said:  “We are delighted to be working with Bruntwood on what will be a flagship investment for the city of Manchester. It’s our aim that the new Manchester Business School will become a landmark gateway to Corridor Manchester, at the heart of the city’s knowledge-led economy. Our ethos is about applying original thinking to make positive change and the new building, funded in part through pledges in excess of £2m from alumni of the School and local philanthropists, echoes this philosophy – both in its design and function. 

“As we move towards our goal of becoming a truly world-class business school the hotel and conference centre will provide an excellent base from which to explore Manchester and it will play a key role in attracting inward development to the city.”

Manchester Business School has seen a significant increase in domestic and international student numbers over the past few years as the school has built on its reputation for delivering some of the world’s best MBA, Masters and management qualifications.

Colin Sinclair, Director of Special Projects at Bruntwood added: "Bruntwood is delighted to have been chosen to redevelop Manchester Business School and is looking forward to working with the University of Manchester and MBS to deliver a world class facility at the very heart of The Corridor".

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About Manchester Business School

Manchester Business School (MBS) is the UK’s largest campus-based business and management school and is ranked 29 in the world (Financial Times, 2011).  It provides undergraduate, postgraduate and custom-made executive business education for private and public sector organisations.  MBS is the UK’s leading centre for business research – according to the government’s most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) 2008.

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About Bruntwood

Bruntwood is a privately-owned commercial property company with over 100 office buildings across Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool and Birmingham.

We specialise in providing bespoke office space from one desk for a day through to entire buildings for 25 years. We also provide space for serviced offices, retail space, virtual offices and ‘Red Rooms’ meeting rooms to hire.

Customer service is at the heart of our approach, with over half of Bruntwood’s employees working in customer facing roles. Our customers have the flexibility to move seamlessly across our building portfolio in line with changes to their business.

Bruntwood believes in sustainable cities that provide vibrant places for people to work and live. Each year we invest in the life of the cities we operate in by donating 10% of profits to arts, charitable, civic and environmental causes.

For further information please visit: www.bruntwood.co.uk