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MECD highly commended for Architecture Tomorrow

Panel of experts highly commend University of Manchester’s new Engineering Campus, designed by Mecanoo

Image © Mecanoo
Image © Mecanoo
Image © Mecanoo

Tuesday 25 October 2016

A panel of expert judges has highly commended the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) for Architecture Tomorrow 2016, the Architects’ Journal’s selection of future projects to look out for.

Designed by Mecanoo, the new landmark engineering campus will celebrate engineering within the world’s first industrial city. Set to house the university’s four engineering schools and two research institutes, the scheme will include 70,590m2 of interactive learning environments, flexible labs, and bespoke project areas containing the latest technology.

Judges for the awards include Canary Wharf Group project design executive Karen Rogers, who is working on the huge Wood Wharf development; architectural competition organiser Malcolm Reading; leading engineer Hanif Kara; and Louise Wyman, head of strategy at Ebbsfleet Development Corporation.

The judges said they were intrigued by the design’s business-like aesthetic and its referencing of the city’s history. One remarked: ‘Manchester has these heavy industrial building and you can see its industrial heritage in this design.’ Another added: ‘It looks like it will be a real centre of excellence and, if you’re going to have that, you have to have excellent buildings.’

We are delighted to be part of the project team for this exciting scheme in Manchester.