Construction of the GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory of Sustainable Chemistry begins this month and is expected to be completed in early 2015.
The project is being managed by Gleeds and the project team includes quantity surveyors Northcroft Services, structural engineers Aecom and CDM coordinator WSP Group.
The laboratory, which is being part-funded by GlaxoSmithKline, will house the university’s Centre for Sustainable Chemistry.
The building will occupy 4,500 sq m over two floors on Nottingham University’s Innovation Park. It has been designed by architect Fairhursts Design Group to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Outstanding’ and LEED ‘Platinum’ rating, reaching carbon neutral status after 25 years.
The laboratory will be built from natural materials and energy required to run it will be met by renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biomass. Excess energy created by the building is expected provide enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used in its construction.
Morgan Sindall area director Richard Fielding said: “This is an extremely exciting project to be working on; it’s a UK first and is set to push the boundaries of sustainable construction. We’re proud to have been appointed to construct this outstanding facility which will enable world-leading research activity in sustainable chemistry to take place in a setting which has been constructed and designed so that it doesn’t adversely affect the natural environment.”