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Meeting visitors in the new home of Engineering and Materials

30 Aug 2022

Guidance around visitors coming into Engineering Buildings A & B

The new home of Engineering and Materials is significant in size and scale, with a floorspace of over 76,000 m2.  This can present challenges for first time visitors, those not familiar with the layout of the buildings and/or without swipe card access to some areas. 

For this reason we have developed a visitor process detailed below:

Process for meeting visitors

  1. Meeting Point: A central meeting point can be found on the Ground Floor adjacent to the Rumford  Street entrance (Core Four).  This is well signed from the main entrance (Booth Street East).   Visitors should be advised to make their way to the meeting point at a pre-agreed time.   It is alos recommended that you provide your contact information should any issues/delays arise.   
  2. From the meeting point, guests should be escorted to the space your meeting/event is taking place.
  3. After the event/meeting has ended, please escort the individual(s) back to the Meeting Point. 

Guidance for visitors working in the new home of Engineering and Materials

Where there is space available, visitors are free to stay inside workspace following a meeting and find a free space to work on a temporary “touchdown” basis.  Touchdown working is only permitted in vacant open plan workspace areas, as well as the publically available areas in the building.  Meeting rooms and bookable spaces are not to be used for guest working.   

Please remember that your visitor(s) will not have  swipe-card access to any areas behind security control.  You will need to be responsible for access in and out of secure areas, if they need to leave workspace, in order to minimise disruption for other colleagues.  You are also responsible for ensuring that your guests leave the workspace before the end of the working day, in accordance with the standing operating hours. 

There are at least four kitchenettes per workspace floor which are stocked with additional mugs, glasses, crockery and cutlery for visitors to use.

Car parking and travel

For visitors travelling by car, the nearest University-owned car park to Engineering Building A is the Aquatics / Booth Street East car park. Levels 1 – 6 are for public parking with 400 spaces available, and levels 7 – 14 designated for University staff permit holders. The car park is open between 06:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days a week.

Please note this car park has a height restriction of 2.1m so those travelling via minibus or any other vehicle which exceeds this height may have to use the NCP Circle Square Car Park on Oxford Road. Information on other nearby University-owned car parks is available via the University Car Parking page.

Information on travelling to the University of Manchester via rail, tram, bus or coach is available via the Travel Information page.