Project Unity


Project Unity, SCAN


University of Manchester

RPS provided Mechanical and Electrical Engineering services for Project Unity, the merger of the University of Manchester and UMIST to form one of the largest Universities in Europe. 

The merger creates circa £400m of construction activity on the campus and RPS were appointed as Mechanical and Electrical Framework Consultants.

The Universities flagship building, SCAN (Student Centre & Nursing) was our first appointment and included a new build, landmark building to house over 330,000ft2 of academic and ancillary functions and an Administration Block, Canteen / Refectory / Kitchens and 300 Student Beds.

We worked closely with the architects to develop a building form that will wherever possible, promote passively engineered solutions to environmental control and occupier comfort in line with the new Universities policy to reduce energy consumption across the Campus.

Key Sustainable Low Carbon Features

Natural Ventilation

Central Atrium return air path

Displacement Ventilation in key areas

Night Cooling

Daylight Linked Lighting

Central Energy Centre with Flue Heat Recovery

Very Good Rated BREEAM

Exposed soffit for night time cooling

Good Passive design

District Heating System.