Alan Turing Building, Manchester

Alan Turing Building

Alan Turing Building

The Alan Turing Building is named after the mathematician and founder of computer science Alan Turing.

It is located at the University of Manchester, in England, where Turing himself read mathematics. It houses the School of Mathematics, the Photon Science Institute and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, part of the School of Physics and Astronomy.

The building was designed by architects Sheppard Robson, incorporating the ideas and suggestions of many of the School’s staff and students. It was completed in 2007

It has a steel frame, reinforced concrete stair wells and grey zinc exterior cladding. It consists of three four-story ‘fingers. The northern two fingers are joined by an atrium, which is spanned by a series of bridges. The southernmost finger was designed to hold low vibration laboratories, and is joined by a glazed bridge at third floor level to the middle finger.

An ‘over-sailing’ roof structure connects the three fingers acting as a suspension system for a photovoltaic array/solar shading using thin film technology. This photovoltaic array is designed to produce nearly 41 megawatt hours per annum, a saving of 17,000 kilograms of carbon dioxide each year. At the time of completion this was the largest photovoltaic array in North West England, and helped the architects to win an award for ‘Business Commitment to the Environment’.


The building is located in the Chorlton-on-Medlock district of Manchester, on Upper Brook Street, and is adjacent to the new University Place.

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