Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)
A flagship project to create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus.
The Manchester Engineering Campus Development is the University of Manchester’s flagship project to develop the engineers and innovators of tomorrow, breeding collaboration and forward-thinking research techniques.
MECD is one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the UK. It will transform the way the University educates engineers in response to the needs of the fast-changing global economy.
The buildings include extensive, modern teaching spaces that reflect the changing demands of students and staff for mobile and flexible learning. Cutting-edge technologies enable students across all disciplines to engage with the new modes of teaching. The research facilities will be home to a community of 8,000 students, researchers, academics, and professional serviced staff, and will enable students to shape their own learning environment.
Furthering the University’s sustainability goals
To meet the University’s Environment and Sustainability goals, the project was the first to appoint a dedicated Environmental Sustainability Advisor. This helped to develop and drive the University’s comprehensive sustainability targets throughout the project’s lifecycle, including achieving a BREEAM Excellent rating, a new active travel hub and a green roof.
Multiple buildings providing excellent teaching and research facilities
The development incorporates a number of existing and new buildings. The eight-storey 80,000sqm Engineering Building A, Engineering Building B, and the James Chadwick Building (on Upper Brook Street), refurbished Grade II listed Oddfellows Hall and the York Street Building.
MECD is home to purpose-designed blended lecture theatres, teaching laboratories, student workshops and a range of spaces to support the ambitious outreach and social engagement initiatives.
Giving something back
Throughout the project there has been significant focus on spending locally, providing local employment, apprenticeships, and work experience opportunities.
The project has provided excellent training opportunities which include Construction Academy pre-employment courses, 11 unpaid work experience placements and 23 careers focused activities delivered to University of Manchester students. We also delivered 34 STEM and industry specific careers activities to local schools, colleges, or employment groups.
Keeping the local community at the heart of what we do, we contributed £20,000 to the University of Manchester Community Investment Fund, which enabled 50 local community groups to be supported, and raised £26,719 for charity. We also created:
- 119 jobs for local, unemployed people
- 116 new and sustained apprenticeships
- 12 graduate roles
- 5 paid internships
- 100% guaranteed interviews for University of Manchester students
- 10 mentoring opportunities