University of Exeter appoints contractor to build £8.5m research facility

The University of Exeter has appointed Morgan Sindall Construction to build a planned £8.5m research facility.

The university’s new Center for Resilience in Environment, Water and Waste (CREWW) at its Streatham campus will act as a shared facility with South West Water.

Organizations seek to discover solutions to protect the future of water systems in the region and globally.

When completed, the three-story, 14,000 square foot building will be equipped with mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) systems in “high-end” laboratories, as well as mechanical infrastructure and research equipment in the cutting edge of technology.

The project will be Morgan Sindall’s nineteenth development on campus, with the contractor having recently completed a new extension to the nearby Harrison Building, to provide better educational provisions for IT.

The BREEAM ‘excellent’ rated building will be designed to operate with net zero carbon emissions, aided by air-source heat pumps and solar panels on the roof.

Morgan Sindall said he would also strive to reduce his own carbon footprint by reusing excavated material on the building’s backfill and reusing water on site where possible.

Brian Rice, regional manager at Morgan Sindall, said the contract would allow it to create employment opportunities for locals, with the company also committing to using a local supply chain for the project.

Mr. Rice said, “Having worked extensively on campus, our team and supply chain network are familiar with university practices and expectations and we know their focus is on the student experience. We will continue to ensure that disruption to students is kept to an absolute minimum by speeding up work during quieter holiday periods and engaging where possible through site walks and providing work experience .

“The university ranks very well and we want to continue to do our part to support this by providing state-of-the-art facilities that exceed student expectations and provide an excellent teaching venue for staff.”

Construction is now underway with completion expected in May 2023.

Morgan Sindall was recently appointed by the University of Gloucestershire to transform a former Debenhams department store in Gloucester into its new urban campus.

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