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Old August 9th, 2015, 10:52 AM   #1
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Manchester University Engineering Campus (MECD) | U/C

Contractors on site. Demolition of the current buildings has started.







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Old August 19th, 2015, 02:13 PM   #2
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Exciting stuff!
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Old September 5th, 2015, 12:07 AM   #3
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Here you go chaps, the first proper render of the proposed MECD building.

There's also going to be a public exhibition on the 10th of September.

Currently using the iPAD, so I can't copy and paste a picture of the building/render from the PDF brochure.

The building is not a world beater, but I like it. Black, solid, with an exterior similar to the Angel Garden tower. If you like that, you will like it.

Brochure. http://epsassets.manchester.ac.uk/me...n-brochure.pdf

Webcams http://www.mecd.manchester.ac.uk/mec...d-site-webcam/
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1 new render. Top right. Gives an indication as to what the exterior will be like.

Click on renders to enlarge. Others have been posted before.

https://instagram.com/explore/tags/mecdmonday/
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Old September 5th, 2015, 01:09 AM   #5
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Apparently the hall will be that big Beetham tower can fit inside it. On it's side.

https://instagram.com/p/6SaQoMFncy/?taken-by=mecd_uom
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Great work Jrb. Demolition is well underway (Connells) & we're certainly not losing anything of note from what I can gather & that's being generous. A great addition to the city. There can't be too many other modern, purpose built exhibition halls of that size in the UK can there?
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I think this is one exciting building! Admittedly, it does bear a passing resemblance (superficial, really) to the Mies design for the Martin Luther King JR library that Mecanoo, the architects of this project, are currently working on restoring and updating.
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Is anyone else going on Thursday? Will get some pictures.
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Pah, lowrise crap, and small beer compared to the abandoned UMIST.
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Pah, lowrise crap, and small beer compared to the abandoned UMIST.
It's an Engineering building/campus, not a residential tower. I've seen another render of it, which I've been asked not to post. It looks very striking. I like it.

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Pah, lowrise crap, and small beer compared to the abandoned UMIST.
If you compare it to the new (3yrs old?) James Chadwock building next door, which looks averagely good height in its surrounds at 5 storeys tall, this building is 3-4 storeys higher & with the significant footprint should add real density & have a significant impact in more ways than one, without (clearly) being a skyscraper.
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From the brochure.



In the other render the MEC Hall covers the Deaf Institute building, with the facade of the Deaf Institue remaining. Not sure if that is still the case. We'll find out on Thursday. If I get the OK I wil post the other render, which looks different to the above. Probably an earlier design that has now been changed to the above.

That side of the MEC Hall is facing the National Graphene Institute. Just in-case anyone couldn't place it.
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I was at the Aquatic Centre today and the demolition next door is freestyling ahead.
That image above looks great to me.
Wandered into town and the beeb site could do with hurrying up, but this type of build isn't doing the City's expansion any harm at all.
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The city is not expanding, it's contracting. The whole of the UMIST campus is being hollowed out for this.
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Like it or not the city is expanding.
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The city is not expanding, it's contracting. The whole of the UMIST campus is being hollowed out for this.
You crazy? Have you seen what's going on in Salford, First St, NOMA and Ancoats?

Just because some windswept modernist environment is being emptied doesn't negate the fact that this city is on the up. FYI I like the UMIST campus and its Vinoly Graphene replacement seems to me, at the render stage, to be a bit of an insult to the city.
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deaf institute

I sincerely hope that's not the case, that we'd lose the Deaf Institute. That would have to mean that the Grosvenor St fašade is huge, much wider than the rest of the building. Unless there's another building planned to tie in with this development.
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I think it's more likely to be Oddfellows Hall, which is on the corner of Upper Brook and Grosvenor. Would be interested to see that render as I've no idea how a fašade like that would fit in with that design. And, for the record,I think the hall should be retained it's current form.
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No the uni don't known the land which the Deaf Institute is on. As you can see in the Brochure that JRB posted earlier at the very end of the brochure in the bottom right corner is a map of the MEC area. Deaf institute is not in that area.

However the small building at the back of Deaf institute & Dominos is in the plan? I'm not sure about this one because they can't build over York Street as it'd cut off access to the adjacent car park & the Mormon church. So it isn't connected to the rest of the campus. You can kinda make it out in the instagram photo of the MECD_UOM account which JRB also linked to earlier. Not sure about this little bit, maybe its a small block of student flats?

Plus also on that instagram account is an artistic impression of the Grosvenor Street view. Seems the facade is retained but on the bird's eye view of the site it is noticeable that the roof over where OddFellow's hall is is much lower, somewhat indicating that the building is being kept and perhaps instead the back of the building is simply being reworked to give an internal wall and access into the main MEC building? Considering they are knocking down the material science's building and the Grosvenor halls of residence, I'm sure the uni is trying to keep costs from spiraling too much and keeping campus disruption to a minimum. After all, the University Language Centre is inside Oddfellow's hall. Plus the contrast of the old & new would be nice. If you never been into Oddfellow's hall, I recommend a quick pop in to see the nice entrance hall room which is quite pretty.
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Sorry, not trying to be rude, but I'm confused, are you responding to my point? I was trying to point out to jrb that the Deaf Institute is too far away - and across a road- for it to be the building that would be sacrificed. I can't imagine they'd knock down Oddfellow's Hall either but I've not seen the render.
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