Design unveiled for University of Manchester’s new Henry Royce Institute

15 December 2016
The designs for the Henry Royce Institute at The University of Manchester have been revealed. The £235m project will be the UK’s leading centre for advanced materials research and commercialisation.


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Located at the heart of the University of Manchester’s Engineering Campus, the 16,000sqm building will house world-leading materials scientists, state-of-the-art equipment and collaborative space for industrial engagement. It will enable the UK to grow its world-leading research and innovation base in advanced materials science and technology.

The building is expected to cost £150m and is expected to open in 2019. At 46 metres high, the Institute is expected to be the tallest building on campus and a prominent new landmark on the Manchester skyline.

The project team members include; Ramboll, Arcadis, Arup, Laing O’Rourke and NBBJ.

Mel Manku, Partner at Arcadis, said: “Working with our key supply chain partners, NBBJ, Arup and Ramboll and together with Laing O’Rourke we are thrilled to be working with The University of Manchester on the Henry Royce Institute. Building on our successful delivery of the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and development of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), we understand the importance of this nationally significant project and are privileged to be able to influence the benefits this scheme will bring to Manchester and the UK.”

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Manchester said: “The Henry Royce Institute building will be a stunning addition to The University of Manchester campus, and will become a focal point for the UK’s research and commercialisation of advanced materials.”

Diana Hampson, Director of Estates and Facilities at the University, said: ”This is one of our major capital projects and forms an important part of our vision for the campus and will benefit from its location, close to the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).”

The design of the Henry Royce Institute building will promote ‘science on show’ with laboratories revealing their complex workings, alongside spaces for visitor engagement and imaginative displays of research material and products.

Work on the Henry Royce Institute building will begin early in the New Year and is expected to be fully operational by late 2019.

Ramboll are providing Civil and Structural Engineering services. Project and Cost Management is provided by Arcadis, ARUP is the Building Services Engineer, Gilllespies are the Landscape Architect and the Main Contractor is Laing O’Rourke.


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