|Manchester, UK||Manchester Metropolitan University||£65m||15,000 sqm||2023|
Manchester Metropolitan University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering sets new research and teaching spaces alongside the selective refurbishment of existing science and engineering labs, workshops and computing facilities and will significantly enhance the university’s research capabilities, STEM education, knowledge exchange strategies and international presence.
The highly sustainable new building will act as a living lab, showcasing science and engineering and connecting research and education with the wider city region to maximise collaboration with the tech-focused business community. It is organised with a plinth for the three lower floors creating a continuous flow of spaces that connect all undergraduate learning areas. Balconies and open decks in the lower atrium articulate a single learning community that will be highly visible through the three-storey ‘shop window’ to Chester Street. Above, a four-storey ‘research box’ accommodates academic workspace to the north elevation, benefitting from natural daylight and views of the city with research labs to the south, all collocated around a central upper atrium.
Dr David Lambrick, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, said: “The project supports Manchester’s entrepreneurial legacy in sci-tech which continues to foster innovation with Industry 4.0 and spark continued growth in academic, economic, social and cultural change.”
Planning permission was granted in March 2020 with works due to start on site January 2021 and the building will welcome students and staff in 2024.
Interior designer Luke Kolbohm worked with the final year product design students at Manchester Metropolitan University and Gresham Furniture Ltd, on a project to design a range of modular furniture for manufacture and use in the new Science and Engineering Building. Watch this short film to see the winning designs and hear more about the collaboration.