Family-owned office space company Bruntwood is involved in a project to create striking new facilities at Manchester Business School, including a hotel and conference facilities.
Office space provider Bruntwood has teamed up with internationally renowned institution The University Of Manchester to create a new centre of excellence for Manchester Business School.
The £60m venture will include a conference centre, education centre and hotel, all situated within the Oxford Road Corridor, which is Manchester's academic powerhouse and boasts excellent transport links.
Building work is due to begin in 2012 and will proceed in stages, with the first incorporating a four-star hotel and conference facilities. Two more phases will focus on the provision of homes for those participating in MBA and Executive Education programmes, along with support staff; followed by the final phase to create a resources and learning centre.
The aim of the project is to allow Manchester Business School to cater for a growing population of students and boost its capability to facilitate leadership and management programmes for businesses such as BT, BAE and Tesco.
The new hotel will provide a base for visitors to the facilities and also serve as a useful and high-quality resource as part of Manchester's portfolio of accommodation options. Many businesses occupy office space to rent in the city and receive guests on a regular basis.
"We are delighted to be working with Bruntwood on what will be a flagship investment for the city of Manchester," said Professor Michael Luger, Dean of Manchester Business School.
"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."
Manchester Business School is an increasingly popular academic centre and educates students from all over the UK and the world. It has enjoyed acclaim from many quarters for its delivery of industry qualifications, especially MBAs, management standards and masters degrees.
"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," said Colin Sinclair, Director of Special Projects at Bruntwood.