Manchester Engineering Campus Development

The University of Manchester have commissioned the development of a new Engineering Campus (MECD) in the heart of the city for 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 have three key roles in this project, as part of the team led by Dutch Architect – Mecanoo:

– Workplace Design Architect
Penoyre & Prasad have undertaken the workplace strategy, consultation and design for c20,000m2 of academic, research and support workspace split into open plan, cellular and support space. Our workplace concept design is based around ‘Activity Hubs’ which provide high quality, innovative work-settings for communities of academics, researchers and support staff to connect collaborate and concentrate. Integral to the design is the relationship of academic workplaces to the research and teaching labs within the buildings.

– Architect for Listed Building refurbishment and extension
Penoyre & Prasad have developed an extension and refurbishment scheme for the Grade II listed Oddfellows Hall building which is an integral part of the MECD site. The building, originally constructed in the early 20th Century for the Manchester Society of Oddfellows, will be redeveloped to house conferencing facilities including a restaurant/cafe, academic teaching spaces and contemporary workspace for ICAM and Dalton research institutes.

– Overall Architectural Sustainability Champion
Penoyre & Prasad have an overview and championing role in the Project team to ensure that the University’s sustainability and environmental objectives for this major project are achieved, including the target of a BREEAM Excellent score.



£350 m