• Capabilities: Project Management, Cost and Commercial Management
  • Sectors: Education, Chemical and Life Science

The National Graphene Institute - The University of Manchester

Manchester, United Kingdom - In 2012, the University of Manchester appointed Arcadis to design and develop a £61m state-of-the-art facility and provide the world’s most advanced building for graphene research.

2015

Won the Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m) at the British Construction Industry awards

2016

Project won the Royal Institute of British Architects Regional and National Award

Graphene, the strongest, thinnest and most conductive material known, was discovered in 2004 by Professor Andre Geim and Professor Konstantin Novoselov, known as Kostya, at The University of Manchester; both were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics for their ground breaking achievement. A new research facility dedicated to the research and commercial application of graphene was commissioned in order to allow the University to lead the global race to commercialisation of graphene.  

With expertise in both project and cost management services, Arcadis was selected by The University of Manchester as Project Manager and Full Design Team in order to create the technical and design brief for this project. Working closely with Kostya, Arcadis was able to fully understand the needs of the University and tailor the project by maximising capability and flexibility in order to create a state-of-the-art facility. The explicit deadlines aligned to various funding bodies required continuous management and control of the delivery phase of the scheme in order to complete this project on budget and in the agreed time-frame.  

Arcadis provided early warnings to allow the University to apply for significant gap funding and identified and proposed space efficiencies for the building against the feasibility of design and arrangement of technical spaces in order to maximise capability and flexibility. The facility provides contemporary cleanrooms and research laboratories, as well as an academic office for the researchers and their teams. Arcadis identified and proposed space efficiencies for the building against the feasibility of design and arrangement of technical spaces in order to maximise capability and flexibility. The National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester was officially opened by The Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Right Honourable George Osborne, MP in March 2015. 


“Arcadis’ leadership and management of the National Graphene Institute since 2012 raised the bar and set a new benchmark for all University projects. We are now expecting this high performance on all projects Arcadis is engaged in, and indeed from all consultant teams we employ.” 

Steve Jordon, Assistant Director of Estates & Head of Capital Projects, The University of Manchester

Outcomes

2015

Won the Major Building Project of the Year (over £50m) at the British Construction Industry awards

2016

Project won the Royal Institute of British Architects Regional and National Award

£30m+

Attracted external funding from organisations such as Bill Gates Foundation and Masdar

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