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Central Science Laboratories

Client: Keele University
Location: Keele
Value: £13.0m

Approach

The Central Science Laboratories forms part of Keele University’s £42 million overall investment into its Faculty of Natural Sciences’ faculty.These new world-class sciences laboratories link to the existing Lennard Jones Building include wet laboratories and flexible dry laboratories for courses including geography, geology, forensic science and astrophysics, along with IT labs for subjects including mathematics and computer science.The development also features breakout social learning spaces, open plan teaching and research areas and IT rooms, bringing together practical teaching and group working among undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as those studying on a Foundation Year.

Approach

Construction

Constructed on a live Campus and close to occupied adjacent buildings, our key consideration was to ensure the safety and security of staff, students and visitors. We installed solid perimeter hoarding and pedestrian access was made available via a bio-metric turnstile. Regular liaison was maintained with Campus users to minimise disruption. The project was delivered using Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 – an enhanced design co-ordination process used for creating and managing digital design information across an entire project, helping to deliver increased productivity and efficiency.  This ensured we arrived at the most energy efficient building within the Clients available budget.

Construction

Finished Build

The new facility spans 5,300m2 over four floors. The central atrium features frit glazing with a hexagon patten which improves the thermal performance of the building. Strobic fans located on the roof extract large volumes of air from the building which is only distributed nine metres past extraction, minimising risk to building users and surrounding areas.“These new facilities will provide excellent learning spaces and state-of-the-art equipment for our students, giving them access to some of the best laboratories and science teaching environments in the country.”
Professor Jonathan Wastling, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Finished Build

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Commercial

Central Science Laboratories

Client: Keele University
Location: Keele
Value: £13.0m

Approach

The Central Science Laboratories forms part of Keele University’s £42 million overall investment into its Faculty of Natural Sciences’ faculty.These new world-class sciences laboratories link to the existing Lennard Jones Building include wet laboratories and flexible dry laboratories for courses including geography, geology, forensic science and astrophysics, along with IT labs for subjects including mathematics and computer science.The development also features breakout social learning spaces, open plan teaching and research areas and IT rooms, bringing together practical teaching and group working among undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as those studying on a Foundation Year.

Approach

Construction

Constructed on a live Campus and close to occupied adjacent buildings, our key consideration was to ensure the safety and security of staff, students and visitors. We installed solid perimeter hoarding and pedestrian access was made available via a bio-metric turnstile. Regular liaison was maintained with Campus users to minimise disruption. The project was delivered using Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 – an enhanced design co-ordination process used for creating and managing digital design information across an entire project, helping to deliver increased productivity and efficiency.  This ensured we arrived at the most energy efficient building within the Clients available budget.

Construction

Finished Build

The new facility spans 5,300m2 over four floors. The central atrium features frit glazing with a hexagon patten which improves the thermal performance of the building. Strobic fans located on the roof extract large volumes of air from the building which is only distributed nine metres past extraction, minimising risk to building users and surrounding areas.“These new facilities will provide excellent learning spaces and state-of-the-art equipment for our students, giving them access to some of the best laboratories and science teaching environments in the country.”
Professor Jonathan Wastling, Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Finished Build