The project comprises approximately 11,000m2 of new teaching and research laboratories over six levels, including associated support spaces, and a ground level lecture theatre and ‘equipment barn’. The upper three levels feature research laboratories and associated academic and general staff office spaces.
Integral to the design and construction has been the extensive use of concrete in a variety of forms, which has delivered many benefits to the project’s outcome.
With the site being narrow and constrained, the decision was to use broad concrete piers rather than piled footings. This has reduced excavation and earthwork needs improving the programme schedule and saving on the costs of this phase.