Halliday Meecham Architects have extensive experience in the higher education sector and have long lasting client relationships with The University of Liverpool, the University of Salford and Keele University. The practice has worked with The University of Manchester for 20 years and have been involved in the design and delivery of over 200 projects.
Building on this experience, the practice were commissioned to lead the complex extension and refurbishment of the Chemistry Building on Upper Brook Street which houses teaching, research and support facilities for the Department of Chemistry, one of the largest schools in the UK.
The finished scheme will provide a range of specialist laboratories with associated fume cupboards, write up spaces and offices throughout the building. A complex decant and phasing strategy was implemented to allow the building to remain in full operation during the upgrade of the laboratories on Levels 4, 5 and 6, the new solvent store extension, complete window replacement and the roofing upgrade. Future works include the refurbishment of the remaining laboratory spaces at Levels 1, 2 and 7 and a full refurbishment of the Dover Street wing.
Client: The University of Manchester