Fallowfield Residential Campus

Laying the groundwork - literally

We are supporting The University of Manchester on the development of its new Fallowfield student housing development.

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Fallowfield Residential Campus Project summary


University of Manchester


Robinson Low Francis, Hydrock Consulting



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Project timeline

Start date
June 2013

Project story

The University of Manchester is the UK’s largest single-site university. With hundreds of course options, exquisite facilities and one of the highest student populations in the country, the university decided it needed a campus to match.

In one of its improvement schemes, the university is developing the Fallowfield Residential Campus, a vibrant new student village of more than 3,000 new housing units. Construction of the village was planned in two phases, but substantial enabling works to prepare the site were needed before phase 1 could begin.

Our team of experts stepped in, and over three years we will be safely removing 3,000 cubic metres of ultra-invasive Japanese knotweed and 13,000 cubic metres of asbestos-contaminated materials from the site. We have also installed four artificial sports pitches so that the university can develop the grass rugby pitches that were located on another part of the site.

Project stats

£1bn investment plan to transform the university’s campus
460tonnes of material contaminated with Japanese knotweed removed
13,200 cubic metres of material removed from site

points of note

Representing the client

As part of the Fallowfield scheme, our people were despatched to oversee an intricate stakeholder arrangement – within the university, and externally with Manchester City Council and Sport England – meaning our role transcended that of project manager, taking on an added dimension of client representative.

Campus developments

We are also helping the university realise its ambitious £1 billion vision by bringing our cost consultancy, project and programme management expertise to a number of other ambitious schemes on the campus. These have included the £36 million revamp of the main library and the planned refurbishment of the Simon Building, which contains five lecture theatres, and numerous seminar rooms and classrooms. In 2015 we were appointed as construction manager and principal contractor for the refurbishment of the Alliance Manchester Business School.