The super laboratory will be capable of accommodating up to 240 students for teaching and research in biological and analytical sciences. A running track, sports therapy clinic and facilities for food and environmental sciences will also be on site.
The five-storey, 120,000 sq ft building on Much Park Street will link to the existing Coventry University Sports Centre in White Friars Street. A separate two-storey energy centre will also be constructed on site to efficiently power the Science and Health Building to world-leading environmental standards.
The ground breaking event was attended by Coventry University Vice-Chancellor Professor John Latham, and Professor Guy Daly, Executive Dean of Faculty of Health and Life Sciences.
The total cost of constructing and equipping the build is expected to be in excess of £60 million. The project, which has been awarded a £4.9 million by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is due to be completed in 2017.
BAM Construction was awarded the contract to build the new facility in January. The contractor built The Hub at Coventry University, a modern high-tech building which is the social centre of student campus life, and also the Severn Trent Headquarters in the city centre.
BAM Construction was represented at the ground breaking event by Regional Director Rod Stiles, Construction Manager Steve Roome and Project Manager Alan Bell.
“The ground breaking represents a significant milestone in this flagship project for Coventry University and it will be exciting to see our ambitious vision unfold in the months to come.” Professor Guy Daly