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Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU)
Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) has its main campus in the city of Manchester, with additional facilities in the neighbouring county of Cheshire. The University has over 30,000 post and undergraduate students and around 5,500 staff.
The Birley Fields campus development is part of a £350m investment in new campus facilities for MMU, consolidating their 7 campus locations to just 2 (Manchester and Cheshire).
The first phase of works in Manchester saw 4 satellite campuses (Didsbury, Aytoun, Hollings and Elizabeth Gaskell) relocated to the new Birley Fields and All Saints central campus, with the completion of a 320 space ‘staff only’ multi-storey car park.
With so many parking spaces lost, and so many staff and students relocating to the new central campus, it was essential that any solution contain a mixture of demand management measures (such as introducing charging for parking and limiting the number of permits available) as well as making improvements to alternative modes of transport.
However, first it was critical to understand the needs and concerns of all stakeholders. A range of consultation exercises were undertaken in order to understand travel behaviour and ‘bring staff and students along’ in the process.
A variety of sustainable transport projects and initiatives were launched to complement the existing Sustainable Transport Strategy, due to very limited student parking at the Manchester campuses and reducing staff capacity.
Before commencing work on site, the University also made a significant financial contribution to Manchester City Council to support a S106 residents’ parking scheme to help avoid additional pressures on parking in the area when Birley Fields opened.
Duration: 24 months
Contact: Ian Goodwin firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01430 650343 or 07410 117113