Third Materials Research Centre at The University of Manchester

16/12/16

Following its successful role on the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC), Bureau Veritas Building Control UK, formerly HCD Building Control, has been appointed to the project team delivering a third materials research centre at The University of Manchester.

The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials will be a world-leading centre for materials research, providing state-of-the-art facilities. Its ‘hub’ will be based at The University of Manchester’s Oxford Road campus.

This new Manchester ‘hub’ will be supported by satellite centres or ‘spokes’ at the Institute’s founding partners, comprising the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London.

The centre will encompass nine key areas of materials research including the ‘wonder material’ graphene and related 2D materials. The proposed research areas are grouped into four themes - Energy, Engineering, Functional and Soft Materials - critical areas to underpin the Government’s industrial strategy. 

It has been designed by NBBJ Architects with Arcadis appointed as project and cost manager by client, The University of Manchester. Contractor, Laing O’Rourke began work on site in September and the scheme is scheduled for completion in the middle of 2019.

The new facility is the latest in a series of related projects supported by Bureau Veritas Building Control UK. 

When completed it will be one of three in Manchester involved in researching the practical implications of graphene following the opening in 2015 of the £61m National Graphene Institute, while the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre is due to open by summer 2018.

Bureau Veritas Building Control UK is providing Building Control services to the latest scheme following its successful involvement in the two previous research centre projects. Through its involvement from the early stages of the design process it has been in a position to advise proactively and promote compliance with relevant Building Regulations as the design has evolved.

Graphene is a form of pure carbon, arranged in sheets just one atom thick. It is 200 times stronger than steel, 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. 

It was isolated at The University of Manchester in 2004 and this pioneering work was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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