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January 2016

Alliance MBS building work update for Humanities staff

(13 January 2016)

Booth Street West car park:

From 18 January, pedestrian access to Alliance MBS West, from the Booth Street West car park, will change. You will only be able to access the entrance from Booth Street West as the footpath alongside the building (from the car park) will be closing. 

The access road to the car park between the Hotel/Executive Education site and Alliance MBS West site will remain open for vehicular access but will be busy with construction and other traffic. With this in mind, pedestrians should not use this route. Walking routes will be clearly signposted for the duration of the project:

  • To access Alliance MBS West from the car park, you should turn left and walk around the hotel site via Higher Cambridge Street
  • To access Alliance MBS from the rest of the campus you should walk via Oxford Road and along Booth Street West.
  • There will still be access from the car park to the rest of the campus

A map explaining this in more detail is available here

The University is looking at a number of options to mitigate the impact of the construction works on traffic accessing the multi-storey car park, and there will be a further communication on this in the near future.

As part of the work to set up the construction site, you will see a number of trees around the building being removed over the next month, but rest assured we are retaining and protecting as many trees as we can. Each tree removed will be replaced by two trees at the end of the project. There will be some noise disruption as the site is being set-up and the trees felled, and work will also continue on the hotel and executive education building site.


Relocation of Starbucks and Blackwells:

Blackwell’s bookshop and Starbucks will continue to be open throughout the Alliance Manchester Business School (AMBS) refurbishment and will be relocated to temporary retail accommodation.

This will be the area between the Arthur Lewis Building and the Humanities Bridgeford Street Building. Construction work and the temporary retail units will be to the grassed area to the left hand side when looking towards the Arthur Lewis Building entrance.

Some preparatory works will begin next week (w/c 11 January) to dig trenches for services which will occasionally cause minor disruption to pedestrians in the immediate area. The work will also include removing, relocating and replanting seven trees, as well as relocating four seating benches, which will be returned to their original location when the retail units are removed. The main works are expected to begin in early February and should be completed early April, after which the bookshop and coffee shop will move.

The relocation could be in place for up to three years dependent on the completion of the main AMBS refurbishment works. The area will be returned to its former condition on completion of the works.

There will be minimum interruption to the service provided by Blackwell’s and Starbucks.