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Engineering Building A and B

The home of Engineering and Materials.

Welcome to the home of Engineering and Materials at The University of Manchester. It is a place like no other and one of the largest higher education construction projects completed in the UK. This is where engineers, material scientists and fashion students collaborate, innovate and make their mark on the world.

Our campus is made up of five buildings - Engineering Buildings A and B sit alongside Oddfellows Hall, James Chadwick Building and York Street Building. Unrivalled in scale in the UK as a hub of engineering and materials expertise, it combines Manchester’s heritage as the birthplace of the industrial revolution with new purpose-built facilities that will enable a change in our approach to solving some of the world’s most pressing issues.

In the Engineering Buildings A and B, you’ll immediately have access to new lecture theatres, bookable meeting and teaching rooms and an extensive range of informal study spaces with both PCs and touchdown spaces for your own device. 

Take a look inside

Engineering Building A

Welcome to the home of Engineering and Materials.

Students inspecting a floorplan of the buildings

One of the largest multi-disciplinary engineering hubs anywhere .

Students and staff in the blended lecture theatre

Say hello to the future of teaching and learning in our blended lecture theatre.

Two students on the main staircase in Engineering Building A

Engineering Building A, is home to over 1,000 study spaces.

Students and staff by the student support hub

Our dedicated student support hub is now open.

Two students seated in one of the informal study areas alongside the main staircase

Study your way in our brand new engineering and materials facility.

The future of learning in Manchester

Study your way

Inside Engineering Building A and B you’ll find hundreds of flexible teaching and learning spaces – whether your interests are in aerospace or AI, or if you want to tackle climate change or clean water… the possibilities are endless.

Access the lecture theatres, bookable meeting and teaching rooms and an extensive range of informal study spaces with both PCs and touchdown spaces for your own device. Other facilities include:

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Opening hours

Engineering Buildings A and B are open at the following times:

  • Monday 8am - 8pm
  • Tuesday 8am - 8pm
  • Wednesday 8am - 8pm
  • Thursday 8am - 8pm
  • Friday 8am - 8pm
  • Saturday - closed
  • Sunday - closed

For information for staff and students in the new home of Engineering and Materials, please visit our new Engineering Building A & B user guide.

Teaching and research laboratories

Our world leading research facilities are up and running. Our teaching laboratories are also open, ready to welcome the first cohort of students to use the facilities here in our new home. Take in the unique setting of the Blended Lecture Theatre on the second floor in Engineering Building B. This is where theory and practical come together with a flexible teaching space adjacent to laboratory. 

There is even more dedicated flexible teaching spaces such as blended learning lecture theatres, workshop and other lab spaces, additional places to eat and drink, as well as our incredible Maker space.

Accessing Engineering Building A and Engineering Building B

Access our new digital map of Engineering Building A, Building B and York Street building. Our new, mobile-optimised map is to help you find your way around our new home. You can find study space, meeting rooms, lab spaces plus much more including the nearest printer, water fountain and first aid kit.

The south entrance to Engineering Building A can be found off Booth Street East, adjacent to the Manchester Aquatic Centre. From North Campus the nearest entrance to Engineering Building B is north entrance, on Grosvenor Street. The east entrance on Rumford Street is also open for anyone accessing off Upper Brook Street.

Access to Engineering B is via Engineering Building A, over the link bridge found on the second floor.

For information for staff and students in the new home of Engineering and Materials, please visit our new Engineering Building A & B user guide.

Catering outlets

Connect Café and Collaborate provide a variety of delicious lunch and snacking options from sandwiches, paninis, sushi and salads to warming soup, pasties and Jacket potatoes. We’ve also got fresh pastries, muffins and chocolate to go with our range of Fairtrade hot drinks. Change café is also available on the Ground floor near the north entrance, offering a range of one bowl dishes to choose from.