BAM wins £30m University of Manchester contract

BAM Construction has won a £30m contract from The University of Manchester to design and build the £61 million National Graphene Institute (NGI).

The build will be funded by the European Regional Development Fund and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, with work starting on site later this month with completion expected in 2015.

The NGI, designed by architect Jestico + Whiles, will be dedicated to finding commercial uses for graphene, which was discovered by Manchester’s Nobel prize winning scientists Professors Andre Geim and Kostantin Novoselov. The material is 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick - making it the strongest, thinnest and most conductive material ever measured.

BAM’s construction director, Ged Flanagan, said: ‘This continues our long association with the University of Manchester that included the construction of the Alan Turing building in 2007. The National Graphene Institute will be a landmark building in every respect and we are looking forward to getting started.’

Other projects completed by BAM for The University of Manchester include work on the John Rylands Library, the Schuster Laboratory, Woolton Hall, Garstang House and Core Technology and last year the refurbishment of the Chemistry Department’s Synthetic Laboratory as well as the roofing and recladding of the building.

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