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Manchester Institute of Biotechnology

The coming together of a handful of disparate sciences that have one common link: life

  • 600

    Research Staff

  • 75

    Research Groups

  • 13.1K

    Square Meters

  • Manchester, United Kingdom

    Manchester, United Kingdom

An innovative research facility that fosters a culture of collaboration across scientific boundaries

The Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB) is an architectural gem which quickly won critical approval, picking up local, national and international awards. It represents the new face of research in the UK and an electrophoretic DNA fenestration pattern proudly identifies the MIB as a building of science.

So, how do you get multi-skilled scientists from different disciplines to cross boundaries and work together? The MIB is home to a diverse community of researchers from six disciplines—biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, computation and engineering. What Stantec’s design does is create opportunities for these researchers to interact. Using spatial analysis technology during the design stages, it was possible to predict people’s movements and identify traffic hot spots. By locating kitchen, social, and informal meeting areas at these hot spots we significantly increased the chance meetings between a wide variety of researchers and impromptu discussions.

Materials inspired by Manchester’s important civic buildings are used to codify the MIB. The offices are clad in limestone with extensive glazing towards the street, while copper was used to clad the labs. The MIB is a new landmark for Manchester.

At a Glance

Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Excellence in Design, 2006 Building of the Year
Roses Award, 2006 Design Awards, Public Building, Bronze
Institution of Structural Engineers Award, Structural Awards, Best Education, 2006 Commendation
Meet Our Team

Christina Cattelan, Senior Associate, Project Leader

A head teacher recently remarked, ‘I can’t believe it, this is wonderful, exactly what you presented to us all that time ago.’ Sometimes delight is derived from simply joining the dots.
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David Martin, Vice President, Design Director, Buildings

My passion is engaging with our clients, synthesizing their needs and opportunities into a convergence of form, function, and beauty.
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Christina Cattelan

Senior Associate, Project Leader

David Martin

Vice President, Design Director, Buildings

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