The University of Manchester is progressing an outline planning application which would replace the existing student bedrooms with up to 3,300 new bedrooms on the Fallowfield campus.
This would result in up to 5,400 beds across the campus, increasing the current number of beds by up to 950.
By widening the supply, it will provide students with greater choice whilst helping to meet the current demand for high-quality student living across in Manchester.
Having recently launched a public consultation on the plans, the university is allowing residents, local groups, students, and staff the opportunity to provide their feedback on Wednesday 14 June at Uttley House on the Fallowfield campus, and a live public webinar on Thursday, 15 June; prior to the submission of the outline planning application to Manchester City Council.
“The proposals for the redevelopment of this area of the Fallowfield campus will strengthen the University’s ability to offer a world-class, supportive student experience in well-located, good value, quality accommodation. This redevelopment provides an opportunity to widen the choice and supply of student bedrooms, whilst ensuring they are fulfilling the requirements of future students studying at the University. Through creating these welcoming and inclusive spaces, it helps create a positive sense of place for our students as they live, learn and thrive within the surrounding community.”Dr Simon Merrywest, Director for the Student Experience, University of Manchester
The project will be delivered in multiple phases, including a major redevelopment on part of the Fallowfield site covering Owens Park, Oak House and Woolton Hall and the demolition of Owens Park Tower.
Ahead of submitting an outline planning application, an initial phase of enabling works to refurbish existing accommodation in Oak House will start in the summer, and the relocation of the student reception will be completed in time for the start of 2023/24 academic year.
The redevelopment work does not affect students currently living in halls at the Fallowfield campus and prospective students can continue to apply for existing halls as normal.
Manchester City Council recently approved plans for the new Host Carmoor Road PBSA scheme, further demonstrating the city’s efforts to ease the pressures of the sector-wide supply and demand imbalance.