The University of Manchester has selected BAM Construction Ltd as the

preferred bidder to design and build the £61 million National Graphene

Institute (NGI). The contract value for BAM is approximately half of this

amount . Funding has been received by the University of Manchester for the NGI

project from the European Regional Development Fund (£23 million) and the

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (£38 million).


construction director, Ged Flanagan, said: ‘It is particularly pleasing to have

been chosen as preferred contractor for this prestigious project as it

continues our long association with the University of Manchester that included

the construction of the Alan Turing building in 2007. The National Graphene

Institute will be a landmark building in every respect and we are looking

forward to getting started.’

The NGI, designed by architect Jestico + Whiles, will be dedicated to

finding commercial uses for graphene, which was discovered by Manchester’s

Nobel prize winning scientists Professors Andre Geim and Kostantin Novoselov.

The material is 200 times stronger than steel and just one atom thick -

making it the strongest, thinnest and most conductive material ever measured.

Located at the main University campus the NGI will be housed within a

compact 7,626 square metre five-storey building, with a 1,500 square metre

research lab for graphene scientists to collaborate with their colleagues from

industry and other UK universities. This clean-room will be located on the

lower ground floor for minimal vibration. The building will also include a

second clean-room, plus laser, optical, metrology and chemical laboratories,

seminar room and offices and ancillary accommodation.

The Client project team includes EC Harris as lead

consultant undertaking client Project Management and Cost Management functions,

with CH2M Hill the retained consultant providing specialist architectural

laboratory design and M&E consultant services advice. Jestico +

Whiles, as architect, and Ramboll, as civil and structural engineer, will be

novated from EC Harris to BAM. BAM Design will provide technical architect


  Work starts on site this month with completion in



National Graphene Institute Project is part financed by the NWOP European

Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for

Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European

Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by

the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic

development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and

create jobs. For more information visit   Other

projects completed by BAM on behalf of University of Manchester include work on

the John Rylands Library, the Schuster Laboratory, Woolton Hall, Garstang House

and Core Technology and last year the refurbishment of the Chemistry

Department’s Synthetic Laboratory as well as the roofing and recladding of the