The University of Manchester has released the first artist’s impressions of the £150m Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials, following the submission of a planning application.
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The 170,000 sq ft building is being proposed by the university for a plot off Booth Street, between the Alan Turing Building on Upper Brook Street and the Aquatic Centre on Oxford Road.
Set to open in 2019, it is believed that, at 46 metres high, the nine-storey Royce building will be the tallest on the University of Manchester campus.
The £235m Royce Institute is a ‘hub and spoke’ model, with the £150m hub at the University of Manchester, and spokes at the founding partners: the universities of Sheffield, Leeds, Liverpool, Cambridge, Oxford and Imperial College London, as well as the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and the National Nuclear Laboratory.
Research and industrial collaboration at The Royce will initially focus on nine core areas, with Manchester championing four of these; two-dimensional materials, materials for demanding environments, nuclear materials and biomedical systems and devices.
The design for Manchester’s Royce by NBBJ Architects is intended to allow “science on show”, with areas of the building visible to engage people outside, as well as providing closed, confidential spaces for commercially sensitive research.
The University of Manchester’s design team for the building includes Arcadis, Arup and Ramboll. The main contractor is Laing O’Rourke.
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