The first phase of the Simon Building redevelopment has seen the largely vacant former engineering labs being refurbished and brought back into use. The former basement laboratory areas have been converted into new, modern-style teaching spaces. This work required major structural interventions to alter the building structure and provide the required open space with unobstructed sight lines.
A computer cluster has been created on the sixth floor, and the first and second floors have been converted into new office space for central HR services.
The second phase of work is now coming to an end, which has included refurbishment of the fourth and fifth floors into flexible teaching spaces.
The project has also delivered a great new home for University Well-being and The University of Manchester Staff Association lounge on the ground floor and first floor providing a combination of activity and relaxation rooms. A Food on Campus facility has also been created in the Dover Street elevation which services a number of facilities on campus.