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Client
University of Manchester
Year
2018
Architect
BDP
Main Contractor
Mace
Sector
Education

Scope Expand

  • Hot Melt roofing
  • Curtain walling
  • Doors
  • Rainscreen cladding
  • Soffits

Overview Expand

Prater has delivered an extensive scope of works to the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) building, part of the University of Manchester campus, including combined roofing, glazing, curtain walling and cladding packages.

AMBS is the UK's largest campus-based business and management school, providing industry-focused education to undergraduates, postgraduates and executives across the globe. Its redevelopment is part of the University’s wider £1 billion ‘Campus Masterplan’ to create a new world class teaching and learning facility, which will position the campus alongside other leading research establishments worldwide. 

The £84 million Business School project included a full interior and exterior refurbishment and extension. Overall, the work provided a new library, as well as dedicated working spaces for teaching, research, group work and personal study. Prater worked closely with key supply chain partners on this project, with both a Radmat felt roofing package and Kawneer curtain walling, windows and doors being supplied.

Prior to the refurbishment, Prater completed a full survey of the building to ensure that the chosen systems would comply with the building’s structural openings. However, the age of the building and its design meant that Prater had to reconsider the size of the cover flashings and windows that were to be installed.

The build was made more complex by site access restrictions – part of the Business School was just two metres away from a pedestrian walkway on the busy Oxford Road. This meant that access for machinery and materials was severely limited – factors that Prater had to consider in the planning process of the project to ensure no issues arose. 

Despite challenges, Prater was able to work proactively and efficiently to ensure that no further problems ensued. The ambitious Campus Masterplan is due to be fully completed in 2022.