Morgan Sindall has won a £15.8m deal to construct the UK’s first carbon-neutral laboratory for Nottingham University.
The Centre for Sustainable Chemistry, which is being part-funded by GlaxoSmithKline, will earn enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used in its construction.
Morgan Sindall said the building will be built from natural materials and energy required to run it will be met by renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biomass.
It is designed to achieve BREEAM Outstanding and the Platinum level in LEED.
The building, designed by architects The Fairhursts Design Group, will provide laboratory space for around 100 researchers, instrument rooms, an undergraduate teaching laboratory and space for outreach activities.
It will house those researching sustainable chemistry and working on collaborations with industry.
Construction of the laboratory will begin in autumn 2013 and it is expected to be completed in early 2015.
The project is being managed by Gleeds and the project team includes quantity surveyors Northcroft Services, structural engineers Aecom and CDM co-ordinator WSP Group.
University of Nottingham chief estates and facilities officer Chris Jagger said: “This building will be at the forefront of the next generation of highly sustainable wet chemistry research laboratory building design.”
Morgan Sindall area director Richard Fielding said: “This is an extremely exciting project to be working on; it’s a UK first and is set to push the boundaries of sustainable construction.
“We’re proud to have been appointed to construct this outstanding facility which will enable world-leading research activity in sustainable chemistry to take place in a setting constructed and designed so that it doesn’t adversely affect the natural environment.”