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New £350 million engineering campus at university given approval

Published: Friday, 10 June 2016   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

A new £350 million engineering campus has been given approval for construction by Manchester City Council.

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is set to be one of the largest single construction projects ever undertaken by a UK higher education institution.

With floor space the size of 11 football pitches and covering eight floors, the centre will be the home to four engineering schools and two research institutes, totalling 1,300 staff and 7,000 students.

A key feature on the ground floor of the main hall will be dedicated ‘maker spaces’ – dynamic workshops in which students and academics will share ideas and work together.

Transform learning and studying

Planning permission was granted by Manchester City Council for construction on the project to begin after plans for the building were announced last year.

The development is set to transform the way in which future engineers study and learn whilst at the university, as they are set to utilise the modern facilities and equipment.

Completion of the project is pencilled in for the year 2020 and is a part of the University’s wider £1 billion campus masterplan to try and develop a world-leading campus.

The building is set to bring a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific community together under one roof, whilst also consolidating the university’s student campus.

Due to the new buildings location, adjacent to the Manchester Aquatics Centre, it is set to act as a gateway between the university campus and the city.

Exciting opportunities

The centre is set to be the ideal platform for industry and students to co-locate, expand and work together, creating a wide range of opportunities.

MECD will throw open its doors to industrial partners to utilise facilities, conduct research and interact with students, who will have the chance to tap into a wide range of knowledge and expertise.

Students will be focused on building, making and doing, demonstrating how UK engineering is one of the most creative industries in the world.

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