Green light for Manchester campus expansion

Penoyre & Prasad wins planning for extension and refurb of listed building at £350m Manchester Engineering Campus Development

Penoyre & Prasad have achieved Listed Building consent for the extension and refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Oddfellows Hall in Manchester.

Oddfellows Hall forms part of the new, Mecanoo-designed £350m Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD) at The University of Manchester, which will be one of the largest single construction projects ever undertaken by a higher education institution in the UK.  

The refurbished Oddfellows Hall and extension provides a range of conference facilities, restaurant, teaching space and the ICAM & Dalton research groups.  

The new three-storey extension makes use of an empty site next to the existing listed building and combines brick and glazed/patterned panels to create a façade that is both part of the overall MECD language and sympathetic to the existing Oddfellows Hall. Large scale patterned panels on the façade will feature a design inspired by architectural features from the listed building, connecting the new and old.

The existing façades will be cleaned, repaired and refurbished.  

The main entrance to Oddfellows Hall will remain, but a new accessible entrance connected to the main one will be provided. Both entrances bring visitors directly into the grand stair hall where reception and information staff will be based.  

New circulation routes via the glazed, enclosed light wells give visual and physical connection to the café, conference facilities and academic spaces.

The development – due to be completed in 2020 – is part of the University’s masterplan to create a world-leading campus to bring together a multi-disciplinary engineering and scientific community and consolidate the University’s student campus around Oxford Road. It will transform the way in which the University educates future engineers and once complete, MECD will become home to the University’s four engineering schools and two research institutes from the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences.  

In addition to the designs for Oddfellows Hall, Penoyre & Prasad’s collaboration with Mecanoo includes Workplace Design and acting as the overall Sustainability Architects for the project. 

Demolition on the site is currently underway and main construction works are scheduled to begin later this year.

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