New zero-carbon lab to be built by Morgan Sindall
International construction firm Morgan Sindall has been awarded the contract for the delivery of the UK's first zero-carbon laboratory - the University of Nottingham's Centre for Sustainable Chemistry.Part-funded by pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, the £15.8 million facility will carry out cutting-edge research into the latest developments in chemistry and will provide space for up to 100 researchers, teaching facilities for students and an array of outreach areas to ensure the new building has a positive impact on the local community.Plans for the premises have been put forward by architect Fairhurst, with the university keen to see the finished building achieve a coveted Outstanding rating as part of the BRE Environmental Assessment Method - BREEAM.University of Nottingham chief estates and facilities officer Chris Jagger commented: "This building will be at the forefront of the next generation of highly sustainable wet chemistry research laboratory building design."We have commissioned the very best expertise in the project management and design team consultants."With plans for the 4,500 sq metre facility set to include the latest in green building materials and building techniques.It will be powered using renewable energy sources, such as solar and sustainable biomass, with the project also in the running to be awarded a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design rating of Platinum - the body's highest honour for green development.Excess energy produced by the building will deliver enough carbon credits to full carbon neutrality in just 25 years, completely offsetting the environmental impact of its construction.Building work is now set to get underway in the coming months, with Morgan Sindall predicting the laboratory should be complete in time for the intake of new students in 2015.Morgan Sindall area director Richard Fielding added: "This is an extremely exciting project to be working on; it's a UK first and is set to push the boundaries of sustainable construction."
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