The University of Manchester has been granted planning permission by Manchester City Council for its state-of-the-art, £350 million engineering campus.
The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) was announced by the university last year and has only now been given the green light. The project will be one of the largest construction ventures ever undertaken by a UK university or other higher education institution.
To give a sense of the sheer scale of the project, the proposed main hall called the MEC Hall will easily, at 195 metres in length, be able to accommodate Manchester’s tallest building (the Beetham Tower) if it was laid on its side.
The engineering campus is part of a massive £1 billion campus redevelopment plan designed to bring the University of Manchester up to the level of world class. The MECD engineering campus is due to be completed by the year 2020.
The new campus will also act as the main gateway from the current campus to the outside world.
Professor Martin Schröder, the dean of the Engineering and Physical Sciences faculty at the University of Manchester said:
This exciting new campus development is a once in a lifetime project that builds upon Manchester’s proud heritage of innovation and discovery across engineering and science that began with the establishment of the Manchester Mechanics’ Institute in 1824.
We will train the engineers of the future and discover and apply new knowledge to help industry and society to increase wealth and employment and to overcome global challenges of climate change, finite natural resources and changing world markets.
For more news, views and reviews on funding and support for the UK engineering sector follow us on Twitter @RBSIF.
Security may be required. Product fees may apply.