The construction contractor G F Tomlinson have recently completed delivery of a new state-of-the-art laboratory building for the Natural Sciences Department of Keele University in Staffordshire.
Construction began on the development in August 2017 at a cost of £13M as part of the university’s £42M investment into their Faculty of Natural Sciences’ facilities.
The building features various facilities for a range of sciences and humanities subjects including new chemistry and pharmacy wet laboratories; flexible dry laboratories for geography, geology, environment, forensic science and life sciences; laboratories for physics and astrophysics; and IT labs for mathematics and computer science.
Furthermore, the development will feature breakout social learning spaces, open plan teaching areas, research areas, and also IT rooms.
The new building links to the Lennard Jones Building and is situated next to the Dorothy Hodgkin Building after having been constructed through Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 which is a design co-ordination process used for creating and managing digital design information.
The Managing Director of G F Tomlinson, Andy Sewards stated: “We are very pleased that works have now completed on the Central Science Laboratories at Keele University – further enhancing the establishment’s reputation and improving the learning experiences of its students.
“There is already excitement for the building to open, and we are positive it will vastly benefit the innovative research that already takes place at the University. Here at G F Tomlinson, we regularly complete high-quality developments across a range of sectors, and this project signals yet another successful scheme within our higher education portfolio.”
The Pro Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, Professor Jonathan Wastling added: “These new facilities will provide excellent learning spaces and state-of-the-art equipment for our students, giving them access to some of the best laboratories and science teaching environments in the country.
“I am delighted that the University will benefit from the transformational teaching spaces, especially during our 70th anniversary year, cementing Keele’s commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary working. The new landmark development will facilitate practical classes and student learning, as well as allowing the University to further develop its world-class research.”
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