Graham Construction has been awarded a contract to deliver a new £8.5m Science building at Liverpool Hope University.
The project includes the demolition of the existing Health Sciences building and the construction of a new Health Sciences teaching unit. The new two-storey building has been designed to be sympathetic with the existing architecture and surroundings and will have a gross internal floor area of approximately 2,900m².
It will feature specialist laboratory spaces dedicated to nutrition, genomics, cell biology and psychology, along with laboratories and space for sport and exercise science.
The surrounding external areas will also be upgraded with new hard and soft landscaping and the existing car park, adjacent to the Health Sciences building, is to be extended.
Graham will work alongside the university and project partners Watson Batty architects, structural engineers Clancy Consulting and mechanical and electrical engineers Steven A Hunt & Associates.
Gary Hughes, regional director at Graham Construction, said: “Liverpool Hope University is an innovative and forward-thinking institution and this new building will be a state-of-the-art centre for exciting scientific studies.
“The university recognised the quality, vision and ability of GRAHAM to deliver – to be playing a key part in this development is of great pride and we look forward to working in collaboration with the university and our project partners.
“This is a key win which further enhances our reputation and construction portfolio as we continue to grow across the North of England.”
A ground breaking ceremony took place on Friday December 12, attended by dignitaries including the Lord Mayor of Liverpool Cllr Erica Kemp. The building, which is expected to be completed in December 2015, will achieve a BREEAM ‘very good’ rating illustrating the university’s continual commitment to environmentally considerate and sustainable building design.
Professor Atulya Nagar, dean of science at Liverpool Hope University said: “The new building will provide our students with the very best start to their science careers and give them the tools to pursue their own research. We also hope that it will attract even more world-leading research staff, allowing us to make an even greater impact on businesses, technology, public services and communities across the region, the UK and the world.”