• 6 May 2015

MMU wins RIBA North West Regional Award

We are delighted that the new Manchester Metropolitan University’s Student Union Building has won a regional award at RIBA’s recent North West Awards ceremony.

The Manchester Metropolitan University’s new Business School and Student Hub is the most significant real estate investment since the 1960s. The new 23,000m², four storey building will accommodate 5,000 students and 250 staff and incorporates an entertainments hall, shop, café bar, offices and fitness studio.

Acting as part of the design team, Waterman was appointed to provide structural engineering and building services design for the new Student Union Building. The precast concrete framed structure was architecturally detailed to allow the frame and building services to be expressed internally, creating a fresh, raw feel. The glazed brickwork elevations were set onto a precast concrete backing to maximise quality control and for speed of erection. An unusual feature is the glass floor within the café bar at ground floor, which provides views of a retained 19th century cellar found during archeological excavations prior to works commencing on site.

Robert Bradley, Regional Director commented, “We are thrilled that we have been part of this project. In meeting the client’s exacting aims we believe we have contributed to an engineering faculty building that will stand the test of time in terms of functionality and design.”

Waterman was also involved in the Everyman Theatre in Liverpool which won the RIBA Stirling Prize for building of the year.

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