MECD and Environmental Sustainability

MECD Sustainability Vision - 9 Core Principles

Will MECD be sustainable?

The flagship Manchester Engineering Campus Development provides an exciting opportunity to showcase the University's commitment to Environmental Sustainability, working towards a development which will:

  • Adopt sustainable best practice in design, construction and operation;
  • Create an environment that drives sustainable behaviour in its occupants; and
  • Inspires staff, students and the community as a living lab for sustainability

The project has been unique in drawing on sustainability experts from the four engineering schools and wider University community to develop an Environmental Sustainability Vision during the early briefing phase. Through a number of engagement workshops, the MECD sustainability vision was co-created and has been captured in nine core principles.

39 environmental sustainability targets underpin the vision, which are monitored and protected by two Environmental Sustainable Advisors for the project on behalf of the University's Environmental Sustainability Team.

What has MECD done so far to meet the Sustainability Vision?

The project is on track to achieve a rating of 'excellent' under BREEAM, the most common environmental assessment methodology for buildings. We are also proud to celebrate the following project actions and commitments so far:

Sustainable transport and connectivity

  • 1 cycle space per 14 users, which betters the current North Campus provision of 1 cycle space per 16 users and three times the minimum requirement for BREEAM.
  • 2 electric vehicle charge points for the Estates fleet vehicles travelling around campus

Natural and healthy built environment

  • Landscaping will be developed to encourage biodiversity
  • 4 large atria brings in natural light to the heart of each school, reducing the need for artificial lighting and boosting a sense of wellbeing for the future building users
  • Despite the high level of technical spaces and close proximity to busy roads, 35% of the spaces will be naturally ventilated. This has reduced the building energy demand and supports the wellbeing of future building users through easy access to fresh air.

Low carbon infrastructure

  • An approximate 15% reduction in energy and carbon usage from the North Campus, with an ambition to drive this towards 50% through behaviour change initiatives
  • Over 30% reduction of predicted water consumption from the North Campus, with an ambition to drive this towards 40% through equipment review and behaviour change initiatives

Inclusive and participatory process

  • Adoption of the Better Building Initiative (BBI) for increased engagement with the end users and Estates

What next?

The Environmental Sustainability Advisors, together with the University's Environmental Sustainability Team, will continue to work with the project team towards meeting the ambitious sustainability vision and targets. This includes working with the site team to minimise the environmental impact of the demolition and construction works.

For further information, please contact the University's Environmental Sustainability Project Officer, Helen Cutts (