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Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Building (Image credit: David Barbour)

Project Brief:


The new Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology 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 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.

Site address:   Philippa Fawcett Drive, West Cambridge site, CB3 0AS
Size:   11,000 sqm
Construction Cost:   £ 38M
Project Manager:    
Contractor:   Morgan Sindall
Architect:   BDP Architects
Status:   Work started: 09/2013
Work completed 05/2016
More information:   Project website