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Science and Engineering Research Facility, Penryn

  • Client:
    University of Exeter
  • Architect:
    Grainge
  • Accreditation:
    BREEAM Excellent
  • Value:
    £5.5m
  • Our Role:

    M&E, Building Physics, BREEAM & Sustainability


This 1,800m2, BREEAM Excellent state-of-the-art research facility includes Category 1 & 2 laboratories, as well as engineering laboratories and naturally ventilated office, meeting and conference spaces.

The heating and cooling strategy includes chilled beams in labs and a balanced ventilation system integrated with the fume cupboards. Incubators and autoclaves were also required.

The electrical infrastructure includes a standby generator to ensure emergency power is provided for essential facilities including the fume cups, incubators and autoclaves. A photovoltaic array on the roof helps to generate renewable electricity on site and reduce overall carbon dioxide emissions.

We provided thermal modelling, building physics, sustainability and M&E engineering services input on this project by firstly undertaking the initial feasibility study and then developing the M&E design, as well as the BREEAM and acoustic advice services, through RIBA Stages 1 to 7.