Over the next few years, Manchester University has ambitious plans to spend around £1 billion on a major redevelopment of its estates; the first phase will see £700 million spent over the next six years, while a second phase costing around £300 million is set to take place between 2018 and 2022. This week, the university has launched the hunt for a project manager to take on the first project in this long term plan – the Manchester Engineering Campus Development.

construction and refurbishment for faculty required.

The university is looking for a manager for the £200 million task of relocating academic accommodation for the engineering and physical sciences faculty, which is to be moved from the north campus to a new site on the south campus. The work may involve both demolition and new build, as well as refurbishment and fit-out, alongside the movement of staff and equipment.

overall plans span ten years.

The job is part of the first phase of the university’s major redevelopment, with other contracts to include a thorough refurbishment of the university library, new bases for the School of Law and Manchester Business School, a new medical school, and a students’ union. The world famous telescope at Jodrell Bank will also be refurbished. In the second phase of the plans, the university plans to create a biomedical campus and refurbish the Schools of Computer Science; Chemistry; Earth, Atmospheric and Environmental Sciences; and Mathematics.

A minimum of five operators will be invited to tender for this first construction and engineering contract, with the work intended to kick-off as early as June this year and completion anticipated for Autumn 2018.