Morgan Sindall has secured a £15.8m contract to build the UK’s first carbon neutral laboratory for the University of Nottingham.
The 4,500m² facility, which is being part-funded by pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline, will be built on the university’s Innovation Park.
Upon completion, the laboratory will house the university’s Centre for Sustainable Chemistry and provide laboratory facilities for 100 researchers.
Designed by architects Fairhursts Design Group, the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory of Sustainable Chemistry will also feature instrument rooms, a teaching laboratory and space for a range of outreach activities.
Construction of the laboratory is expected to start in the autumn of 2013 and complete in early 2015.
Gleeds will manage the project along with the team, which also includes quantity surveyors Northcroft Services, structural engineers Aecom and CDM Co-ordinator WSP Group.
The building is expected to secure BREEAM – Outstanding and LEED – Platinum ratings after completion.
The construction firm said the facility, which will be built using natural materials, will become carbon neutral after 25 years of operation.
Sustainable features of the building include the use of renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biomass.
Morgan Sindall said that excess energy created by the building will provide enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used in its construction.
University of Nottingham chief estates and facilities officer Chris Jagger said: "This building will be at the forefront of the next generation of highly sustainable wet chemistry research laboratory building design."
Image: The laboratory will be built on the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park. Photo: courtesy of Morgan Sindall.