Manchester Engineering Campus Development (M.E.C.D)


Balfour Beatty Construction Ltd

Size Of Project:


Manufacturer / Materials Used:

  • Sika Waterproofing Products
  • Sikaproof A-08
  • Sikaproof P12
  • Sikalastik 841st / 8800 Spray Applied Polyurea
  • Sikaproof Geodrain 850


The Manchester Engineering Campus Development at a cost of around 400 Million GBP, is a seven-year project that will deliver a new home for engineering at The University of Manchester.

As one of the largest construction projects undertaken by an institution in the UK, at over 76,000m², including a basement structure in excess of 13,000m²  MECD is designed to provide the engineering community with a new campus in the heart of Manchester in 202

Scope Of Works 

We were tasked with designing and installing an array of waterproofing solutions on two basement structures and to the podium deck above, from concept to completion.

The basement contains extremely sensitive laboratory equipment, resulting in a exceptionally low tolerance for any damp or moisture.  It goes without saying that water ingress would have been catastophic for the project.

Challenges Faced

Sheer Scope and complexity.

Very challenging site conditions including;

Operating within a vast site, with many other trades.

Resourcing  an ambitious programme / completion target.






In conjunction with our construction & supply chain partners we ensured all deadlines were met and all materials installed to the very highest of standards.  

We installed a robust and comprehensive waterproofing solution, using Sika Waterproofings vast array of products.

Sikaproof A-08 was used used beneath the reinforced slabs of both basements, with a combination of products including A-08 and Cavity drain used vertically against the walls.    Sikalastik 841st (superseded by Sikalastik 8800 was spray applied to the podium deck and was protected by Sika Geodrain 850 providing a protection and filtration layer.

It was a pleasure to work with you and your teams at MECD – a prestigious job that has gone extremely well due to the efforts of your teams in delivering your scope safely.

I must add that my perception of waterproofing has always been one of high risk activities. I however didn’t feel any of this risk as I knew that I had both your support through every stage of the project. Your input into product selection, design and installation gave me the utmost peace of mind.

Rajeewa de Fonseka
Major Project Manager - Balfour Beatty