IBI Group to redesign three Manchester College campuses

The Manchester College has commissioned international design and technology firm, IBI Group, as the lead architects for the £20million overhaul of their Openshaw, Harpurhey and Wythenshawe campuses as part of their five-year estate strategy.

The IBI Learning+ design team will complete a variety of renovation and new build projects across the three campuses to help the college improve the quality of their facilities and consequently, the overall student learning experience.

The proposals include remodelling the main campus in Openshaw on Ashton Old Road, which will offer new and improved sports, construction and logistics facilities.

The Harpurhey campus will also be redeveloped to provide hospitality facilities and professional, public-facing units to support a variety of vocational courses focused on serving the local community, including hair dressing, leisure, catering, and food retail.

In Wythenshawe, the existing buildings will be remodelled to offer hair and beauty facilities and more office space and administrative areas, to enhance the working environment for teachers and staff.

IBI Studio Director, Sue Chadwick said:

“We are pleased to secure this project as part of The Manchester College’s £170m estate strategy. Manchester College is one of the largest general further education colleges in the UK, and we are looking forward to upgrading three of its campus facilities to better address the needs of staff and students.”

 The College has 10 main delivery locations in and around the city of Manchester, and is home to 23,000 students and 1,700 staff.