University of Wolverhampton – Rosalind Franklin Building

We partnered with the University on a £25m redevelopment to transform the former MB teaching building on the City Campus into more than six thousand square metres of state of the art facilities creating in the clients own words “some of the best teaching and research laboratories in the UK”.  

This is one of a number of projects delivered by Faithful+Gould for the University within the Heart of the Campus focussed on enhancing the student experience and providing the right built environment to attract an ever more discerning student client. The latest addition being the redevelopment of the courtyard scheme which offers an active landscape providing fresh green space and functional hard surfacing to accommodate open day marquees and spill out from the very popular catering offering, creating a vibrant hub of activity at the very centre of the campus.

The Rosalind Franklin building is equipped to train the future scientists of the region to the highest possible level and is the first Science Building to install lecture capture throughout the building, the first in Europe to offer electronic laboratory books to all students, the first to use a commercial LIMS system in teaching and the first to install tablet computers for logging the data derived.

At the heart of the build is the Outreach activity. This is housed in the Outreach laboratory on the ground floor, offering a shop window to the activity inside. The laboratory is completely flexible - it can be set up as a laboratory for Masters level molecular biology and chemistry, or can have all of the benching removed so that young children can assemble catapults, or build with architectural grade Lego. Cameras throughout the building allow the internet broadcast of lectures to schools worldwide, particularly important for the University’s partners overseas.

The team, led by regional director Simon Kendall, produced a masterplan which enabled the University to divide the project into meaningful sections, ready for a fast-track schedule. We then identified the most advantageous delivery vehicle, resulting in two separate enabling contracts being let under the NEC form of contract and the main build being let under a JCT design and build contract.

We provided a project management led, full multi-disciplinary team consisting of project management, cost management, building surveying and CDMC services. Our responsibilities included; initial master plan and feasibility, procurement optimisation, enabling works, move management, stakeholder management, furniture audits, tender management, construction activities, commissioning and completion.

The result is a superb science facility designed to attract high calibre students and staff, encourage research funding and provide the best student experience and workplace in a competitive academic marketplace.

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