Living Lab Projects

Ferranti PV System

The Ferranti building, part of the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, hosts an exciting experiment which looks at the integration of domestic photovoltaic (PV) systems into energy networks.

Sustainable Communities Module

The Department of Planning and Environmental Management at the School of Environment, Education and Development are running a module on Sustainable Communities that makes direct use of the campus for teaching. 

Nature Discovery Garden

Researchers from the Department of Planning and Environmental Management in the School of Environment, Education and Development are working with Estates and the Manchester Museum to develop a nature discovery garden as a haven for wildlife and unusual education space.

Sackville Street Student Electronics Lab

One of the most successful Living Lab projects on the university campus is the Sackville Street Student Lab. The project is an ambitious attempt to hand over control of the lab to students for experimentation with electrics, lighting, ventilation, and ambient temperature.

Manchester Engineering Campus Developments (MECD)

Over the next 6 years, the University of Manchester is investing £300m to create a world-class engineering campus. As part of the design process, a series of consultations have been taking place between Estates, academics and consultants to ensure that the campus is also at the leading edge in furthering the University’s sustainability and low-carbon goals.

Triangulum - Creating smarter cities

Triangulum is a €25 million Horizon 2020 project funded by the European Commission to demonstrate cutting-edge smart city technologies and roll them out across the world. The University is working with the cities of Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Stavanger in Norway to demonstrate ‘smart green growth’ – reducing carbon emissions while boosting the economy.

Manchester Cycling Lab

The goal of the Manchester Cycling Lab is to turn Manchester into a real-life laboratory for the study of cycling. This involves working in collaboration with Manchester City Council, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) and local businesses to identify the gaps in knowledge that need to be filled in order to facilitate the Velocity programme and transform Manchester into a cycling city.

Please see further information on the Manchester Cycling Lab website.

Round View

The RoundView is a project aimed at changing behaviour through community and stakeholder engagement, using hands-on tools to communicate environmental ideas in an accessible way. It emerged from Dr. Joanne Tippett’s research at The University of Manchester, involving over 50 community members and stakeholders in Manchester and over 250 staff in Tesco. 


i-trees is a unique project that aims to demonstrate the importance of trees and other types of greenery in the fight against climate change in our cities. Led by researchers in the Faculty of Life Sciences, and backed by a coalition of supporters including community forest initiative Red Rose Forest, the i-trees project monitors how trees can influence local climatic conditions in an urban setting.