The university is planning to strip out and partly demolish parts of an existing building at 99 Oxford Road in the city, next to the elevated Manchunian Way.
Until March 2015, it was used for student union offices but was vacated when a new purpose-built office was completed.
The building is now in line for a major overhaul, including new structural elements and MEP systems. The building will also be overclad on the main flyover elevation while a new glazed curtainwall is fitted to the Sydney Street side, looking north west.
The interiors will be reconfigured throughout.
Designs drawn up by architect BDP and building services engineer Hoare Lea have just been submitted for planning to create the enlarged 50,000 sq ft building, which will sit at the edge of the University’s All Saints campus.
North West builder Eric Wright has been involved in early consultations with the University, drawing up the demolition and construction management plan as well as labour agreements.
It will be home to the Musculoskeletal Science and Sports Medicine Research Centre and will offer advanced medical imaging, biomechanics and gait laboratories and human performance testing.
The university hopes to have the revamp complete for the start of the academic year in September 2021.