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Engineering Building A and B

The home of Engineering and Materials.

We’re delighted to welcome you to the home of Engineering and Materials at The University of Manchester. Engineering Buildings A and B are now open to students for teaching and learning ahead of our full opening in September 2022.

Part of the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD), 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 deliver a step-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.

As one of the largest construction projects undertaken by any higher education institution in the UK, when complete these buildings will create a powerful environment for the brightest engineers and material scientists in the world, to innovate, collaborate and make a difference.  We’re not finished yet, with construction of our labs and workspace still ongoing. Students can access:


Summer opening hours

As semester two has come to an end and footfall has significantly reduced on campus in recent weeks, we are changing the opening hours of Engineering Building A & B.

From 1 July - 31 August 2022 our new operating hours will be:

  • Monday 7am - 6pm
  • Tuesday 7am - 6pm
  • Wednesday 7am - 6pm
  • Thursday 7am - 6pm
  • Friday 7am - 6pm
  • 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.

Our doors are now open…but we’re not finished yet

From September 2022 we will be opening our world leading research facilities and will have moved our people from North Campus into purpose-built workspace. You’ll benefit from even more dedicated flexible teaching spaces such as blended learning lecture theatres, workshop and lab spaces, additional places to eat and drink, as well as our incredible Makerspace.

Accessing Engineering Building A and Engineering Building B

The main 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 on Grosvenor 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.