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Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

Bird's eye view of MECD building site

Current and upcoming works

Working closely with our construction partners, Balfour Beatty, the MECD site is constantly evolving into our new campus.

December 2018 update

This is the most recent update from Balfour Beatty on the current and upcoming work on site, provided in December 2018.

The MEC Hall concrete frameworks are now moving quickly to their final stages of construction. All the concrete cores are now complete with just Level 6 and 7 floor slabs to be finalised. These are on track for completion in late February 2019.

The steel to form the structure for the walls and roof to be attached to Level 7 has now been completed to the initial area adjacent to Grosvenor Street and this will allow both the roof coverings to be started and the louvre façade to be fitted.

Internally the South basement has the blockwork and plasterboard walls complete and ready for the pre-fabricated mechanical and electrical service modules to be installed starting early December.

Oddfellows Hall's internal structural alterations and the foundations for the steel frame extension will be complete for the break for Christmas.

In the North basement the blockwork walls are virtually complete and the plasterboard partitions are well advanced.

Elsewhere on the project, the structural steel frame is now being erected on the York Street building along with pre cast stairs and floor decking.

On the Upper Brook Street building, the foundations are well underway with erection of structural steel planned for a January 2019 start.

Oddfellows Hall's internal structural alterations and the foundations for the steel frame extension will be complete for the break for Christmas.

Since the last report, the Aquatics Centre landscaping and cycle shelter work has been handed over to the University for the public to use, and the new Travel Hub building is about to get underway with the steel frame being erected by Christmas.

As can be seen from the north end of the project, the new building is now in the transition period of moving away from heavy concrete works to wrapping the building frame with the unitised aluminium and glass façade and inside mobilising more and more of the fitting out trades.