A Cathedral
to Science

The Henry Royce Institute brings together world-leading academics and industry partners to commercialise materials science research, in a flexible facility that enables staff to react quickly to the latest research opportunities.

The Royce Institute forms the hub of a £235m government investment in advanced materials technology. Located at the heart of the University of Manchester’s engineering campus, the institute will house world-leading materials scientists, state-of-the-art equipment and collaborative space for industrial engagement.

Sited prominently on a public square like a ‘Cathedral to Science’, the massing and façade articulation are designed to engage scientists, industry and the public, to showcase the institute’s mission, and to provide a flexible environment for world-class research.

Fenestration was developed through an iterative process informed by design computation, which balanced internal needs with environmental and urban drivers. Researchers and industry partners are linked through a careful arrangement of vertical connections and shared spaces, which additionally offer views into public areas and laboratories for visitors and passers-by.