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Manchester Metropolitan University Hulme campus approved

An artist's impression of the Birley Fields campus
Image caption MMU hopes the first students will be using the campus in September 2014

Plans for a £110m campus for Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) have been given the go ahead.

The new campus at Birley Fields, next to the Hulme Arch, will house 6,000 healthcare and teaching students.

The campus will include a sports hall, drama studios and other facilities for community use. Student accommodation will also be build on the site.

Manchester City Council approved the plans and said it was welcome investment in difficult economic times.

'New opportunities'

Council Leader Sir Richard Leese said: "This is a significant moment in the regeneration of Hulme and neighbouring areas including Moss Side.

"It will also open up new higher education opportunities for local people and further enhance Manchester's world-class university sector, helping attract and retain people within the city."

The university said a strong theme of the campus was sustainability with green technologies such as solar-heated water, car park berths for electric cars and proposals for enhanced public transport.

MMU Vice-Chancellor Professor John Brooks said: "This is the right plan for our students who will get a fantastic new experience and the right plan for the community in terms of the positive impacts it will have on educational aspiration, business growth and partnership working."

The plans will now be put out to tender and MMU hopes to start building next spring, with the first students in place in September 2014.

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