Recent updates see the Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, a £235 million plan to create a world-leading center for advanced materials research and commercialization, as set to be given the green light. The University of Manchester's intention is to regenerate a 1.4-acre plot off Oxford Road, next to the new £61 million National Graphene Institute, and it was reported that it is set to go before Manchester City Council's planning committee on Thursday, 9 February 2017.

The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials is envisaged as an international flagship project encompassing nine key areas of materials research, including graphene, and focusing on the themes of energy, engineering, functional and soft materials. The building would feature 172,233 sq ft of educational floorspace and will be supported by satellite centers comprising the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London. It is meant to accommodate around 550 scientists and play a prominent role within the university campus.

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