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Balfour Beatty to build £350m University of Manchester engineering campus

Balfour Beatty is set to become construction partner on the University of Manchester’s new £350m flagship engineering campus.

Located on Booth Street East, the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) has been hailed as one of the largest construction projects in the UK’s higher education sector.

Balfour Beatty has entered into an engagement process with the university that could see it being awarded the role of construction partner for the project next spring.

The firm became one of three framework partners, along with Laing O’Rourke and Sir Robert McAlpine, to win a spot on the university’s £1bn eight-year capital works framework in June.

The new facility will include the university’s four engineering schools and two research institutes. It will span 78,000 sq m and house nearly 7,000 students and 1,300 academics.

Dutch architect Mecanoo has been selected to design the project.

A full construction contract award is expected in spring 2016, with the completion scheduled for 2020.

Heralded as “one of the largest single construction projects” to be awarded through the framework, the university said the campus will “help demonstrate how UK engineering is one of the most creative industries in the world”.

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