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22ND September 2020

Plans Unveiled for a Major New Research Centre

Joe Morgan

22ND September 2020


Higher Education


ADP has submitted plans for a major new science and research building in Central Manchester. Commissioned by the University of Manchester, the Christabel Pankhurst Institute will transform the way researchers work together, with a focus on healthcare technology and innovation. The project includes refurbishment of a Grade II listed building as well as a new four-storey extension.

The listed building was formerly used as a NatWest bank, and sits on Oxford Road, a major thoroughfare in Manchester and the centre of the city’s university quarter. ADP’s designs will allow University staff to work together with the University of Manchester Medical School and the Manchester Foundation Trust, while also linking more closely with work done at other universities and science and research institutes in Greater Manchester and more widely.

For the new build element, ADP have used passive environmental design principles to create a highly sustainable extension, with minimal energy use and carbon emissions. The extension is targeting a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.

Joe Morgan, project director, said: “ADP is proud to be designing the Christabel Pankhurst Institute, which will provide a world-class research hub at the heart of the University of Manchester. The project will breathe new life into a Grade II listed building and create a new innovative building, integrating low-carbon energy and off-site construction, as the first building on the University’s journey towards the 2038 Zero-Carbon Manchester commitment.”

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