The University of Manchester has committed to invest £1bn in the construction and refurbishment of new facilities over the next 10 years. MECD represents a £200m spend and is part of the £700m first phase of the campus masterplan. Construction is expected to start in 2015 and is scheduled for completion in 2019.
Arup will provide mechanical, electrical, civil, structural and public health engineering services, and will work alongside Dutch architect Mecanoo and project managers Buro Four.
Arup has already started work on vibration survey work on site to inform the building design and suitable locations for vibration sensitive equipment.
MECD will feature primarily new build, as well as limited refurbished accommodation, for four individual schools within the Engineering & Physical Sciences Faculty on the university’s campus,
A total of 71,000m2 of university space will be “analysed, rationalised and re-designed” to create the new development, which will house several thousand students and staff. It will also see the relocation of the Schools of Chemical Engineering and Analytical Science, Electrical &Electronic Engineering, Materials and Mechanical Aerospace and Civil Engineering.
The new campus will also house a variety of advanced technology and equipment and will expand the University’s research facilities.