School of Science, Engineering & Environment 17.04.24

HIGHLIGHTS OF 2019/20: Work begins on the university's new building

To celebrate Graduation 2020 we are looking back at some of the highlights from the School of Science, Engineering and Environment in 2019/20...


The University of Salford has confirmed the appointment of Morgan Sindall Construction to its new £65 million Science, Engineering and Environmental Building (SEE Building), with work set to start in July 2020. 

The SEE Building forms part of the Salford Crescent and University District wider masterplan, which stretches over 240 acres and includes the University’s existing campus and areas around Adelphi Street, the Crescent, Peel Park and Frederic Road.

The four-storey, 15,550 square metre SEE Building will be occupied by the University’s departments of:

  • Robotics
  • Built Environment
  • Civil, Aeronautical and Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science and Networking
  • Human and Natural Science
  • The Morson Maker Space

It will serve as an exemplar model of the University’s commitment to its industry collaboration strategy, which is designed to facilitate students, academics and industry partners working together on cutting edge industry facing projects. The environment fostered within the SEE Building will bring together world-leading research and future facing teaching and learning to offer unique opportunities that better prepare students for life after university.

The building will incorporate high sustainability credentials, a key element of the University’s pledge to reduce the environmental impact of the wider masterplan. It will be fully electric powered, supported by 154 roof mounted photovoltaic panels which will provide renewable energy. The new building will feature a wind tunnel, previously located at Salford Innovation Research Centre (SIRC) and will also boast high-spec laser laboratories. 

The wider Masterplan incorporates opportunities to develop one million square feet of educational floor space, six million square feet of commercial space targeted at industrial growth sectors and two million square feet of public realms in addition to green landscaped routes and cycleways and 2,500 new homes and apartments.

The close working relationship between the University and Morgan Sindall Construction has existed for a number of years and is underpinned by their partnership since 2018 on a programme focused on enhancing the employability credentials of undergraduates, which looks to combine the latest academic understanding of industry trends and developments with real world experience and learning.

Jason Challender, Director of Estates and Facilities, The University of Salford, said: “We are delighted to be working with Morgan Sindall Construction on this exciting new building that will further develop and enhance our growing University campus. The relationship between our two organisations goes beyond the construction of a new building, encompassing a wide range of opportunities such as work placements, apprenticeships and access to contemporary knowledge and skills to benefit students.

"Providing exceptional student experiences is at the heart of our University-wide Industry Collaboration Strategy and we look forward to working with Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver this.”