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Morgan Sindall to construct Anglia Ruskin's new £25 million science centre

Morgan Sindall has been appointed by Anglia Ruskin University to build its new £25 million Science Centre.

Located at Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge Campus, the Science Centre will be a major new 7,906 sq. m facility, which brings together teaching, postgraduate and staff amenities for the different departments within the Faculty of Science and Technology.

The centre will include a 300-seat lecture theatre adapted for science subjects; a 200-seat super-laboratory providing flexible teaching space for all science disciplines; staff offices and a range of specialist teaching space.

Professor Eamon Strain, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology, said: “The demand for our courses in science and technology has grown significantly over recent years, and this new Science Centre will allow us to meet this need, providing truly world-class teaching and research facilities for our students and staff. We’re delighted that Morgan Sindall will help to deliver this exciting new project.”

The new building will replace the Bryant and Mellish Clark buildings and has been designed to complement the architecture in the surrounding architectural conservation area. Its red brick exterior will mirror the historic academic buildings that make up the rest of the university campus. The roof has also been designed to be reminiscent of traditional sheet metal roof cladding.

As well as its aesthetic impact on the conservation area, Morgan Sindall has carefully considered the building’s impact on the environment. The building will be aiming to achieve a BREEAM rating of Very Good. A total of 200 sq. m of the roof space is dedicated to photovoltaic panels which provide renewable energy. When completed, the university will make a total carbon saving of over 30 per cent by using gas more efficiently and generating its own electricity.

Bob Ensch, area director at Morgan Sindall, commented: “This new building will provide the university with a centre that offers first-class laboratory and teaching space all under one roof, helping to aid knowledge sharing and collaboration between departments and boosting the department’s research capabilities.

“We’re very pleased to have been appointed to this project. Delivering world-class science facilities is an area in which our team excels and we look forward to delivering a great centre for the university.”

Morgan Sindall is also on site at two projects for the University of Cambridge. The first is the £8.8 million Department of Engineering. This will be a technology hub at the heart of Cambridge, providing the University of Cambridge’s brightest engineers with some of the world’s most advanced engineering laboratories. The four-storey, low-carbon and low-energy building is due to be complete in 2016. In addition, the company is constructing the university’s £40.8 million Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology facility.