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Manchester Metropolitan University


Cheshire Campus Decant

Project Overview

Manchester Metropolitan University is a major UK public university. Its main campus is located in the city of Manchester and has held additional facilities in Crewe, Cheshire.

Following an independent review, the university announced in 2016 it was going to withdraw from the Cheshire Campus in summer 2019.

The Cheshire Campus was home to over 1,500 students from around the world, supported by 350 staff across a portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the arts, business, education, humanities and sport science.

Client Requirement

iPWC were appointed to undertake a thorough engagement programme to validate future business needs and to ultimately oversee the seamless integration of the Cheshire Campus operations, equipment and assets into the All Saints Campus, Manchester.

The project involved working closely with key stakeholders in both Manchester and Cheshire to identify assets that needed to be retained for future business needs and transferred to new locations. Moreover, an analysis was undertaken to help determine the best and most suitable workplace adjacencies and future work locations for relocating staff and departments.

Key to the programme was the need to develop and lead a robust project integration delivery programme to ensure campus operations at both sites could operate effectively and efficiently in a period of change.

A positive experience

“Thank you for your help & support in leading and coordinating this project for us, your guidance and assistance in procuring a specialist mover and your communication throughout has made this a very positive experience.”

Paul Everitt

Director of Library Services, Manchester Metropolitan University

Our Approach

The client brief required our team to fully understand the culture of the organisation, its broad operating functions and existing working practices in order to clearly define the business needs, understand business adjacencies and develop flexible workplace solutions.

To achieve this, we applied our unique methodology and programme management approach working with our key partners across the Manchester Metropolitan network to establish a Cheshire Transition Working Group.

Key subject matter experts across a variety of Academic and Professional Services departments (including , Student Services,  Arts & Humanities, Science & Engineering and Library Services) were invited to contribute towards the development of the project delivery plan that was used to guide both project execution and project control.



The key outcome was the efficient transition of the Cheshire Campus operations into the All Saints Campus in Manchester. Our methodical, agile and engaging manner to this complex project ensured staff, equipment and operations were smoothly integrated into a busy existing operating environment in Manchester, with minimal disruption.

 iPWC continues to support the Manchester Metropolitan with the development of their workplace strategy on a series of projects that form part of planned change programme being rolled out in association with an ambitious campus redevelopment in the centre of Manchester.

“I cannot recommend iPWC highly enough. Throughout, they maintained a high degree of professionalism, were proactive and their engagement and communication with stakeholders and their detailed planning allowed a smooth transition from Cheshire to Manchester.

I would also like to give a special mention to Karl. His guidance, assistance and perseverance were critical in the successful delivery of the project.”

Damion Shaw

Senior Project Manager., Manchester Metropolitan University

Successful Relocation

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Staff Engaged

Assets Relocated

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