Manchester Metropolitan University began construction in January of 2021 on the Science and Engineering Building in the United Kingdom. Designed by BDP, the seven-story, 160,000-sf facility will provide teaching and research labs, instructional venues, a 200-seat super lab, academic offices, collaboration spaces, self-directed learning areas, and a central atrium. Acting as a living laboratory, the sustainable structure will house PrintCity, the university’s 3D additive and digital manufacturing technology hub, as well as the Manchester Fuel Cell Innovation Centre. Occupancy is expected by March of 2023.
The project team includes planning consultant Turley, design consultant Curtins, and MEP engineering consultant Hoare Lea. General contractor Bowmer + Kirkland was awarded the £82 million construction contract for the development, which includes the demolition of an existing structure and the renovation of the adjacent John Dalton Tower, which will physically connect to the new facility.