Manchester Engineering Campus Development

Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD)

University of Manchester

The £420m Manchester Engineering Campus Development is the largest educational construction project in the UK. OCS were responsible for integrating the BMS system and environmental services right across the development, helping the University of Manchester to control its energy use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.








Ready for Tech


MECD is the single largest construction project ever taken by a higher education institution in the UK. The world-leading development brings together all of the University of Manchester’s engineering schools into one place.

The impressive eight-storey main building has a total floorspace of around 11 football pitches, filled with a mixture of high-tech laboratories and clean rooms, lecture theatres, teaching and learning rooms, and office spaces. Once complete, it will house 8,000 students and staff.

Achieving Net Zero

The University of Manchester is developing a zero carbon pathway to transition its entire campus to net zero by 2038. MECD includes numerous energy-saving measures and even has a specially appointed Environmental Sustainability Advisor to set performance targets that are reviewed and monitored throughout its lifecycle.

“MECD is inherently energy efficient and zero carbon ready. ‘Ready’ means ready to be transitioned towards using renewable technologies when technology becomes more mature in the coming years.”

Dr Mei Ren Environmental Sustainability Advisor to MECD, Buro Happold Engineering
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Our role

OCS were the lead integrator responsible for implementing a common graphical user interface which integrates MECD’s BMS system, field devices, lighting controls, process extract systems, coherent metering system, chillers and combined heat and power (CHP) system.

The multi million pound project integrates 11,000 main plant points, 16,000 field points, 18 plantrooms and 46 air handling units connected with BACnet Honeywell Hawk controllers.

This allows the University to control and manage all of its environmental systems from one common point. Email alarms are in place across all systems to allow immediate response if any problems occur.

“MECD is an extremely complex development, with lots of different environments used by thousands of people that all need to be managed as efficiently as possible. It is the biggest project OCS have ever been involved in and we are proud to be playing a role in helping the University of Manchester to make progress towards its zero carbon goal.”

Paul Goucher, Managing Director, OCS

Next steps

OCS is now working with the University of Manchester to add additional IOT devices, such as people counters in the lecture theatres, to support COVID-safe working environments and efficient space utilisation.

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