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The £60m Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology building on the University’s West Cambridge site was formally opened on 24 April by the University Chancellor, The Lord Sainsbury of Turville. 

The new 11,000sqm building was built to promote collaboration and interdisciplinary working among research groups, researchers and students. The project follows the merger of the university’s Department of Chemical Engineering and the Institute of Biotechnology which were located in separate buildings in Cambridge city centre and needed room for growth. The new building is the first to facilitate collaboration between undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers through the whole cycle of scientific investigation.

The building designed by BDP Architects features a wide range of biological laboratories to Bio Safety Levels Two and Three, cleanrooms, sensitive laser, optics and imaging laboratories, a Magnetic Resonance Research Centre, materials and processes laboratories and an undergraduate teaching laboratory. The undergraduate teaching facilities support these laboratories through dedicated spaces that include two 120-seat lecture theatres, a postgraduate open plan researcher write-up space, and academic and administrative offices.

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