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Announcement about plans for North Campus

07 Feb 2019

A message from Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities

ID Manchester aerial view

Dear colleague

We have today made an announcement about the plans for our North Campus, regarding our search for a development partner for the site. 

We are at the beginning of an exciting journey as we look forward to finding a partner to help us deliver our vision for an outstanding new community, on the last site of its size and scale yet to be developed in the city centre.

The project, which we are calling ID Manchester (the name represents Innovation District (ID) Manchester and is for the purposes of marketing – the name may change once a development partner is on board) will build upon the proud history of bold ideas, discovery and invention established by the University. It will attract the most forward-thinking, like-minded individuals and businesses with the chance to establish their UK HQ, start up or scale up their company, take on and benefit from disruptive technologies and ideas or simply come and enjoy this inspirational space.

You can read more details of the announcement below and we will keep you updated on progress.

Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities

The University of Manchester reveals next steps in North Campus development partner search

Today, The University of Manchester has submitted a PIN (Prior Information Notice) to the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), to begin pre-market engagement as part of its search to find an investor and development partner to deliver a new c.£1.5 billion Innovation District in Manchester City Centre to be called ID Manchester.

The University of Manchester’s vision is the 26 acre (10.5 hectare) ID Manchester will be a dynamic, world-class community with innovation, collaboration and enterprise at its heart, with the potential to create over 6000 new jobs. 

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester, said: “We are looking for the very best joint-venture partner to work with us to develop this prime site in the heart of the city which will generate thousands of new jobs and will enhance the reputation of the University and the city as the place where the world’s most valuable ideas are transformed into reality.”

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