New £350m engineering campus for Manchester University

Manchester University is investing £350m to create a massive new engineering campus, expected to open in 2020.


Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) will be located opposite the new National Graphene Institute on Booth Street East, providing a base for 1,300 academics, as well as 6,750 students. The university claims it is one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom. 

“This outstanding new campus development will build upon our proud heritage of innovation and discovery across engineering and science that began with the establishment of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824,” said Prof Martin Schröder, vice-president and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University.


“MECD will inspire engineers to continue our pioneering spirit and to apply their knowledge and help modern industry overcome global challenges, such as climate change, finite natural resources and changing world markets.”

Mecanoo, the same architects behind Manchester’s HOME Arts Centre, have been appointed to design the campus. Once built, it will become home to the university’s four engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. According to the university, the new facility will include modern teaching spaces and “cutting-edge technologies (that) will enable students across all disciplines to engage with new modes of teaching.”

Total floor space at MECD will be more than 78,000m2, or the equivalent of around 11 pitches.