The Alan Turing Building
The Alan Turing Building, completed in 2007, has been designed by the well-known firm of architects Sheppard Robson, who have taken pains to incorporate the ideas and suggestions of many of the School's staff and students. The School of Mathematics accommodation consists of two east-west fingers of three floors each, separated by a spacious atrium and connected at either end by open bridges to encourage circulation. The building is named after Alan Turing, who was a Reader in Mathematics at Manchester, and is regarded as one of the founders of computer science. The building also houses the Photon Science Institute and the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics.
The atrium houses a small cafe (Pi in the Sky) and provides access to the ground floor facilities. These include small and medium sized teaching rooms, undergraduate work and common rooms, a large computer cluster, and administrative support for undergraduate students. The atrium hosts events ranging from local outreach to visiting days for applicants and welcoming parents to graduation celebrations.
The first floor of the first finger consists of offices for staff and postgraduate students, some of which overlook the atrium.
The first floor of the second finger is designed to form the core of the School's research activity, and has a distinctive identity as the Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences, or MIMS. It is organized around the Frank Adams seminar room, which seats 80 but can be divided in two, with respective capacities of 30 and 50. Adjacent is the Sydney Goldstein Access Grid room, used for the MAGIC postgraduate-level lecture courses in mathematics. Both rooms open out into the staff/postgraduate common room (known as the "Atrium Bridge"), which encircles its own kitchen module, and acts as a bridge to the research computer cluster in the first finger. The Atrium Bridge is well populated with blackboards and several of its corners are used as areas for mathematical discussion. At the west end of MIMS are several offices for visitors and postdoctoral staff. The Brian Hartley Room contains the research library and hot-desking space for short term visitors and conference delegates. The east end of MIMS contains the administrative office for research support, which incorporates the MIMS reception desk and communal print room. At the far end of the floor is the suite for the Head of School and Head of School Administration.
The second floor of both fingers contains further staff and postgraduate offices, together with shower cubicles for exercisers and cyclists.
The third floor of both fingers houses the Astronomy and Astrophysics research group, which forms part of the School of Physics.