The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) intensifies the city centre campus of the University of Manchester by bringing together 4 schools and 2 institutes within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences – including: Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science (CEAS), Electrical and Electronic Engineering (EEE), Materials (MAT) and Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering (MACE), The International Centre for Advanced Materials (ICAM) and the Dalton Nuclear Institute (Dalton). Penoyre & Prasad worked in collaboration with Mecanoo architects for RIBA Stages 1-4 on this ground-breaking project that is currently on site and will complete in phases from 2018 to 2020.
The project brings together specialist workshop and lab spaces, teaching spaces and academic workspaces in a fluid relationship to foster links and partnerships across the faculty and to enable future exibility for the faculty. The concept is based around ‘Activity Hubs’ to promote connection, collaboration and concentration across the faculty. The project is also outward facing, providing a showcase for the faculty and inviting connections with the wider university and city.
The scheme includes the extension and refurbishment for the Grade II listed Oddfellows Hall building, led by Penoyre & Prasad. The project has high sustainability targets, for which we acted as champions, and adopted the Better Building Initiative process from the outset to ensure effective delivery of design and briefing targets to close the performance gap between designed and built performance.