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Students take first look at new £8.5million Science building

students science building Wednesday 25 November 2015

Students were given a sneak peek at Liverpool Hope University’s new £8.5million science building, which is due to open in January 2016.   

Students and academics will be able to use new specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science.

Luke Meneilly, who is studying for an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging and who also studied for a BSc in Psychology at Liverpool Hope, Paula Kelly who is studying Environmental Science and Munibah Makda who is studying Nutrition, were the first to be given a tour of the new building after winning a competition in the Hope bulletin.

Luke is currently researching the impact of head injuries on MMA fighters. He said: "The new building is looking really impressive. As part of my research I will be using the EEG facilities quite a lot, so it's really good timing for me. I'll be able to use them to look at differences in brain processes. The design and colours give the building a really relaxed feel and it looks like a great atmosphere for learning." 

The building will house a 25m sprint track with force meters and motion capture for biomechanical analysis, a phlebotics lab for blood sampling, and treadmills and BODPODs for physiological analysis. There will also be a double height robotics suite and engineering lab to aid the building and testing of drones.

Psychology labs will include motor control capture and vision and colour labs as well as cognitive and neuro-behaviour suites. The building will also include space for research synergies with both Psychology and Sport.

The building will also include nutrition labs with food analysis and testing facilities, two large Bioscience and Environmental Science labs and a suite of dedicated research labs for the study of Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Nutrition, Molecular Genetics, Tissue Culture and Bioinformatics will take up the first floor.

Paula Kelly said: “The new labs will be really beneficial for the students and allow us to do even more lab-based practical work.”

Munibah Makda, who is studying Nutrition, said: “I wish I was staying here even longer! I really like the colour scheme of the building; it looks really light and airy. The nutrition labs look really well equipped for my subject. The whole thing seems really spacious.”

The building is due for handover in December from contractors Graham and it will be officially opened in January. 

Professor Atulya Nagar, Dean of Science at Liverpool Hope said: "The new Science facility is a significant development in our future as a research-informed university, providing excellent teaching and research facilities for our health science, geography and environmental science, engineering and robotics, and psychology students. The new building will attract even more world-leading researchers, allowing us to make an even greater impact on businesses, technology, public services and communities across the region and beyond."

Pictured l-r: Munibah Makda, Paula Kelly and Luke Meneilly with Lee Mottram from Graham Construction.  

The Liverpool Echo came along to take some pictures - view them here  

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