Mecanoo has unveiled plans for a new £350 million engineering campus for the University of Manchester. Known as the "Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)," the project will be the UK's largest, single construction endeavors ever conducted by a higher education institution.
"The campus will help demonstrate how UK engineering is one of the most creative industries in the world – a key feature on the ground floor of the main hall will be a dedicated ‘maker space’ which will provide dynamic workshops for students and academics to share ideas and innovate," says Mecanoo.
Due to open in 2020, MECD will serve as a "gateway" for the campus and home to the University's four engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. It's interior will be tailored to "flexible learning" environments and "cutting-edge technologies" that will allow students to partake in a "global classroom" focused on overcoming the world's future challenges, such as climate change.