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New Chemistry Lab (2012)

The aim of these new labs is to provide a world class facility for Physical Chemistry and Chemical Biology teaching at undergraduate level.
  • Much better use of space than the old labs.
  • Significant reductions in carbon emissions.
  • Capacity for students increased from 64 to 80.

Watch a video walkthrough of the labs(Video clip)

Essential Information

Start & Finish dates April 2012 - September 2012
Funded by CIF 2
Budget £1.5M
Requested by Department of Chemistry
Managed by Estates Office
Architects ADP
Quantity Surveyors Faithful and Gould
Mechanical Engineers CBG Consultants
Electrical Engineers CBG Consultants
Structural Engineers Clancy Ltd.
Main Contractor BAM Construction
Landscaping N/A


Basic Building Cost £2,300/m2
Services Costs £1,300/m2
Gross Floor Area 630m2
Function Areas and Their Size Computational Lab - 90m2
Instrumentation Lab - 190m2
Dark Room - 10m2
Teaching (wet) Lab - 270m2
Area of Storage Prep Room - 30m2
Area of Circulation 40m2
Low Carbon Energy Generation TBC
Water use TBC m3/person/year
Steps taken to reduce environmental impact

The laboratory has been designed to the highest environmental standards, with targeted savings of:

  • Reduction in energy costs of £80,000 pa
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions of 530t pa
  • Reduction in energy consumption of 2.6m kWh pa