Roof completion marks milestone in new Science building projectWednesday 24 June 2015
A milestone has been reached in the development of the new £8.5 million Science building, with the roofing and steelworks now complete.
GRAHAM Construction started work on the two-storey structure in January and remain on schedule to hand over the building by December.
Project manager Lee Mottram from GRAHAM Construction said: “We are making very good progress; all the floors are concreted and the roof is on, so the internal fit out works can begin.
“Currently, three apprentices are on-site working with A&B Engineering and by the time the project is completed, more than 500 people will have worked on the site - many of them from the Liverpool region. We are also planning to invite students from the university to the site very soon to give them a first look.
“The building is really taking shape and will deliver an outstanding new facility to Liverpool Hope University when it opens next year.”
The 32,000 sq ft building, which features 150 tonnes of steel, will contain specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science.
It is on schedule to achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating, with energy efficient measures including 84 solar PV panels and LED lighting.
Professor Atulya Nagar, Dean of Science at Liverpool Hope University, said: “It is an exciting time for Science research at Liverpool Hope, and the new building will enhance our ambitions and encourage collaborative, interdisciplinary research.
"Our students are excited to be the first to look around the new facilities that will aid them in their study, and that will equip our academics to configure different experiments and produce cutting edge research that has a positive impact in society.”
The Science building will feature a 25m sprint track and a double-height robotics suite, as well as an engineering lab to aid the building and testing of drones.
Work to upgrade the surrounding external areas is continuing, with an extension to the adjacent car park almost complete.