Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

  • Located at the heart of the University’s campus, MECD will provide a collaborative learning and research environment for four Engineering schools.
  • The development will provide over 75,000m2 of new accommodation, together with refurbishment of the Grade II Oddfellows Hall.
  • Arup is providing multidisciplinary engineering services, and is working alongside architect Mecanoo, project managers Buro Four and contractor Balfour Beatty.

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is one of the single, largest construction projects undertaken by any UK higher education institution.

The University are investing over £350M to create a new and dynamic engineering campus. The development will provide over 75,000m2 of modern facilities in a bespoke environment, to support excellent research, teaching and learning in the 21st century for over 8,000 students and staff.

MECD will see the relocation of the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Material Science and Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering. It will also house key research institutes, Foundation Studies, and the majority of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty's leadership and Professional Support Services.

MECD will support an integrated academic community, create opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration, enhance the student experience and maximize space efficiency. It will house a variety of advanced technologies and equipment and will add to the University’s existing world class research facilities.


The sustainability vision, and targets such as BREEAM ‘Excellent’, have been addressed throughout the design. A fabric first energy hierarchy has been followed, with numerous aspects of energy saving and efficiency being incorporated. These efforts have set the foundation for MECD to be an extremely efficient campus, delivering the required spaces and performance whilst having significantly reduced emissions.


BIM has been used for engagement and to capture the University’s requirements. Models are exchanged for coordination and the 3D digital information linked to advanced analysis, such as capturing equipment requirements, pedestrian modelling and for the generation of the cost plan.

MECD is being delivered by a team of engineers and consultants from our Manchester office and the North West & Yorkshire , with the support of the wider practice. MECD will open in 2019, with occupation phased over the year, preceded by training and familiarization.


  • Artists impression of the development Open gallery

    The facility, due to open in 2019, will house a variety of advanced technologies and equipment, adding to the University’s existing world class research facilities. Image ©Mecanoo.