Go-ahead for GEIC

Planning approval has been granted, enabling construction of the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC).

The research and development facility, designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, will complement the University of Manchester’s nearby National Graphene Institute; bridging the gap between academic research and the material’s commercial application. Together these two buildings support the establishment of Manchester as a technological hub and uphold its status as European City of Science 2016. They also help realisation of regeneration benefits for the Corridor Manchester, home to a group of knowledge-intensive organisations and businesses along Oxford Road.

Located on a 2-acre site on Oxford Road, adjacent to the Mancunian Way, GEIC forms an important gateway to the University of Manchester’s Northern campus. The public spaces create a strong sense of arrival with an attractive streetscape to Sackville Street, incorporating a generous terrace with seating walls.

These proposals will create an even stronger presence within the Northern campus for pedestrians and cyclists as they emerge from the Mancunian Way. A new pocket park gives a greater sense of space, with improved lighting and seating provision backed by a bank of native planting. The planting mix includes good carbon sinks and pollution-tolerant species in response to the challenging environment adjacent to the inner ring road.

The University of Manchester is the client and the Design Team consists of Rafael Vinoly Architects, Arcadis (Project Managers) and the Contractor, Sir Robert McAlpine.

The scheme is set to complete in 2017.

Virtual tour of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre by Rafael Vinoly Architects.