Outsourcing giant Mitie has been awarded an £11 million contract to provide mechanical, electrical, public health and specialist services for the University of Cambridge.
The contract applies to the new 10,000 sq m building for the Department of Materials, Science and Metallurgy.
Mitie will construct a number of specialist laboratory facilities including an electron microscopy suite.
The company has designed a mixed ventilation system to maximise the use of natural ventilation supplemented by mechanical cooling.
An open loop cooling system will recycle water throughout the building and rainwater will be harvested for irrigation and WCs.
Over 200 sq m of photovoltaic panels will generate the electrical equivalent of 23kW, yielding savings of 9800 kg CO2 emissions per year.
The entire plant room will be built off-site at Mitie’s workshop in Exeter.
Mitie property management managing director Bill Robson said: “This latest project at Cambridge University is a big win and we’re committed to a timely delivery, adding value and energy savings for Cambridge University and our partners.”
The target for the building is to attain a BREEAM “Excellent” and an Energy Performance Certificate rating of B.
The design and installation project, on behalf of Willmott Dixon Construction will be completed in February 2013.