G F tomlinson hands over keys for advanced manufacturing building

Construction company G F Tomlinson has handed over the keys for Nottingham’s flagship Advanced Manufacturing Building to the University of Nottingham.

The 9,000m2 state-of-the art building provides facilities for research to support and shape the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector, including modern engineering laboratories, offices and a specialist ‘clean room’ for the research and development of 3D printed pharmaceutical devices.

The £23 million facility will be an expansion of the university’s Faculty of Engineering, hosting several world-leading research groups and accommodating some of the most advanced manufacturing technologies related to automation, precision manufacturing, Additive Manufacturing (3D printing) and light weight composite materials.

Andy Sewards, managing director of G F Tomlinson said,

“We are delighted to hand over this state-of-the-art research facility to the University of Nottingham, our fifth project on the Jubilee Campus. This flagship development builds on our reputation for delivering high quality, sustainable buildings within the higher education sector.

“We have worked with the client to ensure this new building meets the specific needs of its users, providing highly specialist facilities for academic staff, researchers and students.

“The scheme has also achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, meaning that it meets strict industry standards for eco-efficiency which will help keep running costs low and protect the environment.”

As part of the project, a brand new scout hut has also been constructed in the campus for the 62nd Wollaton Park Scout Group, replacing the previous, virtually derelict building which was compromising the new entrance layout.

Chris Jagger, chief estates and facilities officer at the University of Nottingham, said:

“This pioneering project delivers a fantastic addition to the university’s portfolio of unique and ground-breaking buildings, and it further enhances the continued growth of our Jubilee Campus. The project has also included a replacement new building for the 62nd Wollaton Park Scout Group which will also provide facilities for the local community.”

Keen to support the university on all levels, G F Tomlinson also used the development of this impressive building as an opportunity to host site tours for more than 120 architectural and civil engineering students to support their learning and development.

The project has been part funded by £5 million from D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and a £1 million contribution from the Wolfson Foundation to for the building’s clean room.

The project team includes project managers Turner and Townsend, architects Bond Bryan, engineers Arup and cost managers Currie and Brown (previously Sweett).