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Balfour Beatty wins Manchester engineering campus job

Balfour Beatty wins Manchester engineering campus job

The University of Manchester has announced that it has chosen Balfour Beatty to build a new £350 million engineering campus on the site of the Grosvenor Halls of Residence, which are currently being demolished. The location should be clear and ready for the new development by the middle of 2016.The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is set to be completed in 2020. It will be the new home for the university’s four engineering schools, along with two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences. The ground floor will feature an innovative “maker space” where students and lecturers will be able to collaborate and share ideas.The project, which is one of the largest single university construction projects ever seen in the UK, was the first to be tendered through the University of Manchester’s Construction Partnering Framework.Balfour Beatty will be partnering with Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine on the project, which has been designed by architect Mecanoo.The MECD will be located just across the road from the National Graphene Centre on Booth Street East, reflecting the important role that the university plays in engineering innovations, as well as the city’s rich scientific heritage.Professor Martin Schroder, vice-president and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences at the University of Manchester, said: “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.“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.”With 38,430 students and 3,849 academic staff, the University of Manchester has the largest student population of any single higher education institution in the UK, apart from the Open University. 

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