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Manchester Metropolitan to go ahead with design centre

Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has put out a tender document seeking contractors to carry out construction of a £25M art and design studio.

The university revealed it is pushing ahead with plans to construct a 2,400m2 studio space on the site of the Undercroft building at All Saints, as well as refurbishing the 2,800m2 Chatham building.

It hopes to complete the work in in 2012.

Architects Fielden Clegg Bradley have been appointed to design the new six-storey building, which will form the hub of MMU’s design lab and media lab.

The university, which was founded in 1838, revealed it is funding the project itself.

It said it had opted not to apply for grant funding over fears central or regional government would block it as part of the austerity measures.

Already, the North West Regional Agency has blocked funding for the university’s Birley Fields education and health campus.

MMU made its name as a centre for artists in the textiles industry during the Industrial Revolution.

Architect Feilden Clegg Bradley has been appointed as the designer.

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