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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will be one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom and will transform the way in which the University educates future engineers in response to the needs of the fast-changing global economy. Mecanoo has been tasked to build a campus which will open its doors to the public and reinforce Manchester’s status as a city of science.

The build – due to open in 2020 – is part of the University’s campus master plan to create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus to develop the engineers and innovators of tomorrow.  The new site will act as a gateway between the existing University of Manchester site and the city and will be a destination where world-changing engineering and applied science is on display and visible to all.

The campus will help demonstrate how UK engineering is one of the most creative industries in the world – a key feature on the ground floor of the main hall will be a dedicated ‘maker space’ which will provide dynamic workshops for students and academics to share ideas and innovate.

Professor Martin Schröder, Vice-President and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University, said: “This outstanding new campus development will build upon our proud heritage of innovation and discovery across engineering and science that began with the establishment of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824.

MECD will inspire engineers to continue our pioneering spirit and to apply their knowledge and help modern industry overcome global challenges, such as climate change, finite natural resources and changing world markets.”

Once complete, the Manchester Engineering Campus Development will become home to the University’s four engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.  It will include extensive, modern teaching spaces that reflect the changing demands of students and staff for mobile and flexible learning. Cutting-edge technologies will enable students across all disciplines to engage with new modes of teaching and become part of the ‘global classroom’.

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Status: Under Construction
Location: Manchester, GB
Firm Role: Lead Architect
Additional Credits: Size: 81,000 m2
Status: Ongoing
Project Design: 2014 - 2016
Project Realisation: 2017 - 2019
Address: Grosvenor Street, Upper Brook Street and Booth Street East.
Client: University of Manchester, UK

Programme: 81,000 m2 campus development with central MEC Hall (59,000 m2), including state-of-the-art student spaces, teaching environments, lecture halls, laser labs (1161 m2), dry labs (8784m2), chemical labs (2412 m2), biological labs (630 m2), characterisation labs (1141 m2), workshops, cleanrooms, meeting rooms, conference, food and beverage, equipment/material storage and associated public realm.