Cruickshank and Seward
Designed by W. A. Gibbon of Cruickshank and Seward, the Mathematics and Social Sciences Building is the highest building on the former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) campus. A 15 storey tower, its twin circulation towers extending above the main roof levels, creating an even taller impression, provides a powerful landmark sweeping along the Mancunian Way. It is flanked by a windowless lecture block also in UMIST’S trademark white reinforced concrete. The building was used largely for staff offices, with some teaching rooms. The 10th to 14th floors (called floors M-Q) accommodated the Department of Mathematics.