Their achievements epitomise the ambition of the new Bragg Centre for Materials Research: to provide an outstanding environment for scientists and engineers to carry out world-leading research with global impact and provide a platform for both original research and in supporting the long-term needs of industry. In doing so it will make an invaluable contribution to the Government’s Industrial Strategy.
The building will support the long-term development and integration of engineering and physical sciences, bringing complimentary research areas currently dispersed across the university campus to a single location. The creation of new, shared, future-proofed laboratories and facilities will remove physical boundaries between key disciplines and enable new ways of working and interdisciplinary thinking, to deliver 21st century science and engineering and address global challenges.
As part of a wider investment in the University’s estate, the £96 million project is the largest single investment the University has ever made. It comprises a sympathetic refurbishment of the existing Grade 2 listed Old Mining Building, with an additional roof top extension, whilst the remaining site will be a new build, providing a total gross floor area of more than 16,000m2 over seven storeys. The new-build element will link directly to the university’s existing engineering and chemistry facilities The scheme received planning permission in September 2017.