Alliance Manchester Business School:
ZZA’s Post Occupancy Evaluation

In a prominent site on the University of Manchester campus addressing the bustling Oxford Road, the leafy University Green, Booth Street, and a new Executive Education centre allied to a Hyatt Hotel, AMBS is one of the UK’s first two business schools, and has been the UK’s largest since merging with UMIST’s School of Accounting and Finance in 2004. In 2019, AMBS formally opened its newly enlarged and updated building, incorporating a substantial, daylight filled four-storey volume of study, teaching and informal spaces, integrated with the School’s existing 1970’s building, now substantially transformed.

Commissioned by University of Manchester and AMBS, ZZA is researching the building’s performance in use, as experienced by its cross-section of user groups: Undergraduates, MSc’s, MBAs, PhDs, Executive Education students, academics and professional services staff, including specialist personnel who run the building.

Wellbeing and Social Health in the Built Environment

Our experience of cities is highly influenced at the micro scale, where conditions enable or frustrate citizens’ wellbeing. Till now, academic and industry focus has majored on physical impacts; far less on the social. Ziona Strelitz’s latest publication addresses this critical dimension. ‘Resilient Urban Environments: Planning for Livable Cities’ (ed. Runming Yao, Chongqing University), incorporating Ziona’s chapter on ‘Wellbeing and Social Health in the Built Environment’ will be available in June (Springer).


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