One of Manchester’s newest buildings – the National Graphene Institute (NGI) – has been crowned the Major Building Project of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards, 2015.
Remarkably, it also won the BIM Project Application Award as well.
The £61 million building was built by BAM Construction – the contractor behind the Manchester City Football Academy and now behind No 1 Spinningfields. NGI was designed by Jestico and Whiles, engineered by Ramboll, with EC Harris as consultants.
The Institute is dedicated to the study, research and development of the one atom thick substance that is 200 times stronger than steel. It is the strongest, thinnest and most conductive material ever measured. Located in the heart of the University of Manchester campus, the Institute is five stories high with clean rooms for nanotechnology research, and housing extremely sensitive and sophisticated equipment.
The NGI fought off strong competition from six other shortlisted schemes including the Weston Library for Oxford University, Five Pancras Square at Kings Cross and the Brooks Building for Manchester Metropolitan University.
Judges described it as “the perfect balance of strong engineering design and architecture.”