The University of Manchester has appointed Arcadis as Project Manager and Full Design Team (PMFD) to lead the delivery of the research hub of The Sir Henry Royce Institute for Advanced Materials in Manchester.
Professor Colin Bailey, Vice-President and Dean of The University of Manchester's Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, said: "The Sir Henry Royce Institute will be a world-leading centre for materials research, and is testament to the excellent research taking place at The University of Manchester, the partner institutions and more widely throughout the UK."
The team led by Arcadis, as Project and Cost Managers, is supported by NBBJ Architects, Ramboll UK providing Civil and Structural Engineering services and Arup as Building Services Engineer. Work on the scheme has already commenced and completion is expected in mid 2019.
The national institute was announced by George Osborne in the 2014 Autumn statement and will have its research hub in Manchester with spokes being delivered by a number of founding partner universities. The building will provide state-of-the art materials research facilities to support research into four critical areas, Energy, Engineering, Functional and Soft materials – to underpin the Government’s industrial strategy and creation of the Northern Powerhouse.
Mel Manku, Partner at Arcadis said: “We are thrilled to be appointed on the Sir Henry Royce Institute, building on our strong relationship with The University of Manchester following the successful delivery of the National Graphene Institute (NGI) and development of the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC); and recognising our established position in the higher education, science and research sector. We understand the importance of this nationally significant project and we are privileged to be able to influence the benefits this scheme will bring to Manchester and the UK.”
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