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Groundbreaking for Nottingham research facility

11 Nov 16 Contractor GF Tomlinson has officially broken ground on its £16m contract to the University of Nottingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Building.

GF Tomlinson director Chris Flint and the university’s Andy Long at the ground breaking ceremony
GF Tomlinson director Chris Flint and the university’s Andy Long at the ground breaking ceremony

The 9,011 m2 training and research facility is being built on a former brownfield site located within the university’s Jubilee Campus. Scheduled construction period is 16 months.

GF Tomlinson secured the contract in June, but the formal groundbreaking ceremony did not take place until yesterday, 10th November.

The new building will be an expansion of the university’s Faculty of Engineering, creating teaching spaces, laboratories, workshops and offices for research activities, including nano-scale production, robotics and large-scale aerospace demonstrator components.

Faculty pro-vice-chancellor Andy Long said: “The new facility will host several world-leading research groups and accommodate some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies related to automation, precision manufacturing, 3D printing and light weight composite materials. It will also house our flagship Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for manufacturing technology.”

GF Tomlinson managing director Andrew Sewards said: “Having successfully delivered a number of schemes previously on the Jubilee Campus, we are excited to be working with the University of Nottingham once again, bringing our expertise in education and large-scale manufacturing buildings, to benefit the university and the city of Nottingham.

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 “This scheme truly demonstrates the University of Nottingham’s position as a beacon in manufacturing research. The completed scheme will be home to world-class research facilities and revolutionary research activity, helping to nurture collaboration and innovation between education and industry.”

The project team includes Turner & Townsend as project manager, architect Bond Bryan, engineer Arup and cost manager Currie & Brown (previously Sweett).

Jason Scott of Currie & Brown said: “Working on our first project under the University of Nottingham consultant framework, we are delighted to have played such an integral role in providing cost consulting services on the Advanced Manufacturing Building”.

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