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Morgan Sindall to build UK’s first carbon neutral laboratory

Morgan Sindall is set to build the UK’s first carbon neutral laboratory after winning a £15.8 million contract for the GlaxoSmithKline facility at the University of Nottingham.

The UK-GBC Gold Leaf member will construct the 4,500 square metre, two storey building which will be used by around 100 researchers, and contain dedicated instrument rooms and a teaching laboratory for advanced undergraduate classes.

The laboratory will be built from natural materials and will be powered by renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biomass. It is set to reach carbon neutral status after 25 years as excess energy generated by the building will provide enough carbon credits over the period to pay back the carbon used in its construction.

The building is also set to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum ratings.

Morgan Sindall area director Richard Fielding said the new laboratory would “push the boundaries of sustainable construction.”

“We’re proud to have been appointed to construct this outstanding facility which will enable world-leading research activity in sustainable chemistry to take place in a setting which has been constructed and designed so that it doesn’t adversely affect the natural environment,” he added.

Construction will begin later this year and is expected to be completed in early 2015.

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