Manchester City Council

Our Knowledge Corridor

Oxford Road corridor from Central Library, through Manchester Metropolitan University, the Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester Business School, Manchester University and down to the hospitals lies at the heart of Manchester:Knowledge Capital.

As such, this stretch of buildings ranging from superb to scruffy  - is an essential part of Manchester's assets in our plans to continue developing as a world-class city of the 21st century.

We're working on plans to make Oxford Road one of the city's premiere locations, so that it's more pleasant and gives the atmosphere of a city of expertise and learning. The Universities and the hospitals are working with us, and this morning we have a board meeting to hear of the latest developments.

Vitally, it's not just about the academic institutions in isolation. Theses seats of learning have to be integrated with the surrounding communities of Ardwick, Hulme, Moss Side, and Rusholme, and changes in the main corridor must not impact adversely on surrounding neighbourhoods. So for instance, if we take cars off Oxford Road, then we need proper plans in place to make sure that drivers don't divert to rat-runs through surrounding housing developments.

Also, should we really be calling this knowledge corridor by the name of another - some would say rival - world-famous university cluster? Would it be feasible to take the Oxford out of Oxford Road and call it something else or is that a tad parochial? [Although the Oxford Evening Mail have been in touch because its been suggested in Oxford that they should base their Cowley Road corridor on what we're doing in Manchester]. The corridor is wider of course than the main drag of Oxford Road but we've asked some experts to look into the identity of the area so that it's properly presented to everyone who lives, studies and invests in Manchester now and in the future.

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  1. Jo Ward Says:

    I wondere dif there had been any developemnts in relation to this line of thinking given the GMS and the status of the City Region



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