The University of Manchester receives approval for Mecanoo-designed engineering campus

The University of Manchester has received planning permission from Manchester City Council to create a £350 million engineering campus designed by Dutch architecture practice Mecanoo.

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.

This flagship project will bring together a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific community and consolidate the University’s student campus around Oxford Road.

Francesco Veenstra, Partner at Mecanoo and Design Team Leader for MECD said:

“Integrating architecture, interior and landscape, we have designed a campus that will deliver a first-class teaching and research environment which will assist the University of Manchester’s ambition in becoming one of the top 25 research universities in the world. MECD will have a strong identity that reflects Manchester’s past, present and future, as a city of pioneers, continued to be led by discovery.

“The design is driven by the core principles of visibility of activities, technology, permeability, urban continuity and craftsmanship. As a gateway between the existing University of Manchester campus and the city, MECD’s open character will attract people to the facilities and showcase the activities inside.

“A palette of simple and materials, like brick and steel, is combined with a strong articulation of form and a clear structural expression of the facades. The building can be envisioned as an engine: spawning a wide range of research and teaching activities and to take place with a high level of flexibility and adaptability for future change.”