Queens Award

Case Study

The University of Manchester MECD Teaching Laboratories

The MECD (Manchester Engineering Campus Development) building at the University of Manchester is the largest home for Engineering and Materials in the UK, spanning an impressive size equivalent to 11 football pitches. Designed by Mecanoo (lead architect) and BDP (detailed design), it houses state-of-the-art teaching laboratories, including the UK’s largest multipurpose high voltage lab, for undergraduate and postgraduate students.

With approximately 19,000m2 of laboratory space, the MECD building reflects the University of Manchester’s vision of creating a collaborative space that unites its community of 8,000 students and staff in one place.

The teaching laboratories and blended lecture theatres are designed with a hands-on approach to learning in mind, allowing students to work on individual projects or collaborate with peers. They are also designed to be visible to students and passers-by, creating an inclusive and engaging learning environment.

S+B UK designed and installed the furniture for the MECD building. The modular workstations feature Trespa ToplabPLUS worktops, providing flexibility and adaptability for reconfiguration and relocation as needs evolve over time.

This ensures that the teaching labs remain functional and relevant for years to come, providing a future-proof solution for the University of Manchester.

In addition, S+B UK supplied heavy-duty Utilaire H frame lab benches and safety stations, ensuring durability and functionality in the demanding research environment.

The modular workstations foster a culture of teamwork and innovation among students, while the heavy-duty lab benches provide stability and durability in the busy teaching laboratory environment. The laboratory furniture provided by S+B UK enhances the learning experience, promotes collaboration, and ensures a safe research environment for students at the MECD.