The University of Manchester, UK have appointed Netherlands-based Mecanoo Architecten as Lead Designer and Architect for their new Engineering Campus. With a budget of over £200m this will be the largest single capital works project ever undertaken by The University of Manchester.
The development will see the relocation of the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering, and as well as several key Research Institutes, Foundation Studies, and the majority of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Faculty’s leadership and Professional Support Services to a regenerated site in the heart of the existing campus.
This will support an integrated academic community and create new opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration whilst enhancing the student experience and maximising space efficiency. Work on The Manchester Engineering Campus Development incorporates new build and some refurbished accommodation; including the Grade II listed Oddfellows Hall.
Mecanoo starts working on the design in May 2014 and will be supported by a team including Penoyre & Prasad, AECOM, Stephen Levrant Heritage Architecture and Buro Happold. Arup have been appointed as civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers. Construction is expected to start in 2015 and is due for completion in 2019.