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Have your say: University of Manchester unveils plans to redevelop Fallowfield accommodation site

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  • Proposal to create new high-quality, purpose-built student accommodation on the Fallowfield campus
  • This comes as part of a phased redevelopment increasing the supply of modern bedrooms and student socialising spaces to provide a supportive residential experience
  • A public consultation launches today (Tuesday, 6 June 2023) to share the emerging plans and listen to local feedback.

Our University has unveiled the next phase of its plans to provide more high-quality, modern student accommodation on the Fallowfield campus.

A major redevelopment on part of the Fallowfield site covering Owens Park, Oak House and Woolton Hall is being proposed to meet the increasing demand for student bedrooms in safe and sociable surroundings.

Our University is progressing an outline planning application which would replace existing bedspaces with up to 3,300 new bedspaces. This would result in up to 5,400 beds across the Fallowfield campus, helping to uplift the current number of beds by up to 950. By widening the supply, it will provide students with greater choice helping to meet the demand for high-quality, modern bedrooms across the popular campus.

The redevelopment will be delivered in multiple phases and includes the demolition of Owens Park Tower which has been closed for several years. The 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.

Launching today (Tuesday, 6 June 2023), our University has launched a public consultation on the plans, giving residents, local groups, students and staff the opportunity to provide feedback on the plans prior to the submission of the outline planning application to Manchester City Council. During the consultation period, our University is hosting a public drop in event on Wednesday, 14 June at Uttley House on the Fallowfield campus, and a live public webinar on Thursday, 15 June.

Dr Simon Merrywest, Director for the Student Experience, said: “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.”

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.

More information:

  • The public consultation will close on Friday, 30 June 2023. To view further information and to receive updates on the project, please visit the consultation website.
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