Science and Engineering Research Support Facility

Client: University of Exeter

Architect: Burwell Deakins and Grainge Architects

BREEAM: Excellent

The University of Exeter Science and Engineering Research Support Facility is a £5.5m development at the Combined Universities in Cornwall Campus which includes Category 1 and Category 2 laboratories, engineering laboratories and collaborative learning 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 worked on this project from start to finish, from strategic planning including sustainability objectives through detailed design and on-site duties during construction.