A recent story in the U.K.’s Premier Construction News reports that the “prestigious project to amalgamate the Department of Materials Science & Metallurgy at the University of Cambridge is progressing well.” The project is scheduled for completion in the spring of 2013.
The department is currently spread over five separate buildings, some of which date back to the 1870s and have become unsuitable for modern scientific research. The new state-of-the-art facility will cover approximately 10,000 square meters and includes a mixture of research laboratories, support facilities, teaching space, offices and social space.
Of particular note is the electron microscope facility, which is being constructed on a two-meter deep concrete slab in order to eliminate ground-born vibration, with further measures also being incorporated to reduce electromagnetic interference from external sources. The building also incorporates a range of sustainable features, such as passive solar design measures, naturally ventilated office spaces, a green roof and a photovoltaic array at roof level. The building is currently on target for a BREEAM “Very Good” rating.