Sir Henry Royce Institute

Sir Henry Royce Institute


Sir Henry Royce Institute

Located at the heart of the University of Manchester’s Engineering Campus, the 16,000 sqm, nine storey building houses world-leading materials, £45million worth of state-of-the-art equipment and collaborative space for industrial and academic engagement. It is believed that, at 46 metres high, the Royce building is the tallest on the University of Manchester campus.

The Royce enables the UK to grow its world-leading research in advanced materials technology that underpins all industrial sectors. Research and industrial collaboration at the Royce is initially focussed on four core areas; Two-dimensional Materials, Materials for Demanding Environments, Nuclear Materials and Biomedical Systems and Devices.

The design of the building is intended to allow ‘Science on Show’ – areas of the building visible to engage people outside – while also providing closed, confidential spaces for commercially sensitive research. Seven of the nine floors are dedicated to research and development, consisting of general laboratories, wet laboratories & clean rooms.

The 10-metre-high ground floor entrance is open to the wider university campus and overlooked by a café at mezzanine level. Terraced floors provide visitors with glimpses into workspaces as they climb the staircase through a stepped, three-storey atrium. 

Due to the nature of the project, and the style of the building, all electrical work & containment is visible, making it of high importance that SBE delivered a high standard of work. Every detail of the installation had to be engineered and co-ordinated efficiently, and correctly between all MEP contractors.