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Morgan Sindall tops out at £40m University of Birmingham laboratory

Morgan Sindall has reached the topping out stage of its work building the University of Birmingham’s new £40 million Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL).

The milestone was celebrated with a traditional topping out ceremony on 19 October. University Pro-Vice Chancellor Professor Tim Softley, joined Richard Fielding, Morgan Sindall’s Area Director for the Midlands in signing one of the building’s girders to mark the occasion.

Once complete, the 72,120 sq ft building will facilitate the teaching of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Set over three storeys, the new flagship laboratory will include high-specification equipment and modern technologies, as well as dry, wet and computer laboratories.

These will be available for use by different student groups simultaneously. The laboratories will be complemented by a public engagement space, which will allow the university to promote STEM subjects to a wider audience.
The sustainably-designed building is targeting a BREEAM Excellent standard. Use of modern, high tech IT systems, including VR technologies, will enhance the user experience and futureproof the facility.

Morgan Sindall’s site team completed work on the building’s frame in July. The façade has been enclosed with a structural framing system and curtain walling. Elements of the roof have just been completed, affording water tightness and ensuring that the build process is on schedule for a summer 2018 handover.

Professor Softley, said: “The University of Birmingham aims to deliver the best possible learning experience for our students. This is not simply a building, but a change in the way we deliver engineering and science-based education in the University.

“The CTL will make more effective use of staff time and resources through the efficient use of practical teaching space and innovations in teaching delivery. Our students will benefit from transformational teaching and become better prepared for working life.

“We have already seen the benefits that the first phase of CTL has brought in our School of Engineering and student feedback has been positive.”

Richard Fielding, added: “The knowledge economy has the potential to drive growth across the Midlands. But for this to happen we need world-class laboratories for R&D to take place, and an enthused community of new young scientists to support it.

“The CTL is set to offer both the modern physical facilities for scientific ideas to take shape, and also serve as a vital hub, allowing equally important outreach and engagement programmes to showcase STEM subjects to the wider community. We’re proud to be delivering a project which is so important to both the university and the city, and very pleased to celebrate this milestone in its development.”

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