Press Release

Balfour Beatty begins engagement with The University of Manchester as part of its plans for a £350 million engineering campus

10 September 2015


The University of Manchester has today announced its £350 million investment to create a new engineering campus, through the University’s Construction Partnering Framework.

Balfour Beatty was appointed as one of three framework partners to the eight-year programme in June. Today, the University of Manchester has also announced the beginning of its engagement process with Balfour Beatty as its construction partner on the scheme with a full construction contract award expected in Spring 2016.

The Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) is the University’s flagship project in its capital programme to create a world-leading teaching, learning and research campus to develop the engineers and innovators of tomorrow. MECD will be one of the largest, single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the United Kingdom – and will transform the way the University educates future engineers in response to the needs of the fast-changing global economy.

Once complete, MECD will become home to four of the University’s engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.  


An artist’s impression of the South West entrance to MEC Hall

Media enquiries to:

Antonia Edwards
Balfour Beatty
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m: +44 (0) 7813363166              

Aeron Haworth
The University of Manchester
T: 0161 275 8387

Notes to editors:

Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 36,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.

Our main geographies are the UK, US, Middle East and South East Asia. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.

The University of Manchester, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of British universities, is the largest and most popular university in the UK. It has 20 academic schools and hundreds of specialist research groups undertaking pioneering multi-disciplinary teaching and research of worldwide significance.
The University is one of the country’s major research institutions, rated fifth in the UK in terms of ‘research power’ (REF 2014), and has had no fewer than 25 Nobel laureates either work or study there. The University had an annual income of £886 million in 2013/14.

The University’s Campus Masterplan will create some of the world’s most modern facilities for staff, students and visitors. Projects include the Manchester Engineering Campus Development; the £61m National Graphene Institute; the Manchester Cancer Research Centre, the Whitworth and a proposed student residential development in Fallowfield.

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