The University of Cambridge has awarded a £40.8 million contract to Morgan Sindall to build its new chemical engineering and biotechnology facility, boosting the local economy and paving the way for new jobs.
The new building has been designed by architects BDP and is located at the University’s growing science and technology campus at West Cambridge.
The project follows the merger of the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology.
The new facility will bring together teaching and research under one roof and be a focus for internationally-leading activities in sensors and diagnostics research as well as reaction engineering.
Bob Ensch, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “As you would expect from the University of Cambridge, the new laboratories will be of a standard best described as world class.”
The building will feature a wide range of biological laboratories to Bio Safety Levels Two and Three, cleanrooms, sensitive laser, optics and imaging laboratories, a Magnetic Resonance Research Centre, materials and processes laboratories and an undergraduate teaching laboratory.
The undergraduate teaching facilities support these laboratories through dedicated spaces that include two 120-seat lecture theatres, a postgraduate open plan researcher write-up space, and academic and administrative offices.