http://www.placenorthwest.co.uk/news/archive/12176-graphene-centre-start-moves-closer.html29 Aug 2012, 09:27
Manchester University has started the formal tender process to select a contractor to build the £31.5m National Graphene Institute, scheduled for completion by the end of 2014.
The new facility proposed for Booth Street East is designed by London-based architects Jestico + Whiles. The project team includes EC Harris on procurement advice, CH2M Hill with technical design services for the labs and Ramboll on civil and structural services.
Funding for the centre will come from the government's £50m grant awarded to Manchester in October 2011.
There will be cleanrooms, laboratories and offices in the new facility which will be a research and incubator centre dedicated to the development of graphene. Graphene is 200 times stronger than steel and one atom thick, the strongest and thinnest material ever measured, and the world's most conductive material. It has a wide range of potential uses, including electronics, flexible touch screens, sensors and in composite materials.
Manchester University professors Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their work on graphene and will collaborate with the design team to develop the institute.
Construction is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2013 with completion in the third quarter of 2014.
From the render and street view, it looks to be on the site of the building labeled Lamb Building on the Google Map above
Client: The University of Manchester
Jestico + Whiles has been appointed
as architects for the National
Graphene Institute at the University of
Manchester. The new facility will be a
world-leading research and incubator
centre dedicated to the development of
graphene, helping keep the UK at the
forefront of the commercialisation of
this revolutionary material.
200 times stronger than steel and
just one atom thick, graphene is the
strongest and thinnest material ever
measured, and also the world’s most
conductive material. It has a wide
range of potential uses, including
electronics, flexible touch screens,
sensors and in composite materials.
University of Manchester Professors
Konstantin Novoselov and Andre Geim
were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in
Physics for their pioneering work on
graphene and they will collaborate with
the design team to develop a world
class centre for research and innovation.
The National Graphene Institute will
include cleanrooms, laboratories and
offices and is scheduled to open at the
end of 2014.
Led by EC Harris through the OGC
Framework, the design team also
includes CH2M Hill who will be
providing specialist architectural design
services in relation to the technical
design of the Cleanroom / Laboratory
areas together with M&E consultant
services, with Ramboll providing Civil
and Structural services.
June 05, 2012
IDC Architects has been awarded the design of the cleanroom and laboratory for the new National Graphene Institute (NGI) at The University of Manchester in the UK. IDC Architects is part of CH2M HILL, a global full service consulting, design, construction, and operations firm.
The UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council has made a grant of £38 million to support the facility. Funding is also being sought from the European Regional Development Fund. The NGI is scheduled to open at the end of 2014.
The University of Manchester is an acknowledged leader in the research of graphene, the multifaceted material first isolated by Nobel Prize winning scientists Professors Andre Geim and Kostya Novoselov at the University in 2004.
At 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick, graphene is the strongest and thinnest material ever measured, and also the world’s most conductive material. It has a wide range of potential uses, including electronics, flexible touch screens and sensors and also in composite materials.
This world-class shared facility for graphene research and commercialization activities will be accessible by both researchers and business and will comprise highly-serviced nano-technology laboratories and cleanroom environments with access to specialist facilities and equipment which enable the simulation of manufacturing processes. The NGI will also include space for start-up businesses launched by university graduates looking to exploit the potential uses of graphene.