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Work starts on Nottingham's chemistry lab

21 Oct 13 Morgan Sindall has cut turf on the new £20m GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory of Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

Left to right are University vice chancellor Prof David Greenaway, Morgan Sindall director Richard Fielding and  GlaxoSmithKline senior vice president Dave Allen
Left to right are University vice chancellor Prof David Greenaway, Morgan Sindall director Richard Fielding and GlaxoSmithKline senior vice president Dave Allen

Morgan Sindall was awarded a £15.8m contract to build the lab last month.

Located on the University of Nottingham’s Innovation Park, the new building 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 will provide enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used in its construction.

The University of Nottingham’s chief estates and facilities officer, Chris Jagger, said: “This unique building is also a reflection of our commitment to sustainability and will set new standards for the development of ‘green’ laboratories in the future.”

Morgan Sindall area director Richard Fielding said: “The laboratory is a UK first and is set to push the boundaries of sustainable construction. Hence we’re very proud to have been appointed to build this outstanding facility.”

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