University of Nottingham’s Centre for Sustainable Chemistry now open

The UK’s first carbon neutral science facility has officially opened at The University of Nottingham. Gleeds, who were appointed to project manage the £21.5 million development, celebrated this significant milestone with a tour of the new building and speech by GlaxoSmithKline CEO, Sir Andrew Witty.

Part funded by a grant of £12 million from GlaxoSmithKline, the building serves as a hub to catalyse new collaborations within the industry. The centre is unique in the UK, not only in its design, but also its focus on the world-leading research activity in sustainable chemistry. It aims for the highest ‘clean and green’ standards to minimise environmental impact and ensure that the new chemistry developed is both energy and resource efficient.

The building, which has been designed by architects, The Fairhursts Design Group, occupies 4,500m2 over two floors with enough laboratory space for approximately 100 researchers.

Gleeds director, James Marshall, said: “It is fantastic to finally see this building open and in use. Gleeds have worked with the University of Nottingham for almost 60 years, and this new laboratory is another phenomenal example of the investment being made in pioneering the latest thinking in sustainable chemistry and opportunities for higher education students.”