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University awards £6 million Chemistry building contract to VINCI Construction UK

Posted on 12 October 2012

The University of York has awarded a £6 million contract to VINCI Construction UK to design and construct a new undergraduate teaching and Green Chemistry research building.

Chemistry green building picture

The project includes the construction of a two storey building on the site of a former Chemistry research building that has been demolished.

The facilities are part of a £29 million phased investment in Chemistry which includes new research and undergraduate laboratories. This next stage of development will provide a large teaching laboratory to accommodate 160 students, using 80 two-person fume cupboards.

These extensive training facilities will allow us to undertake a wide range of practical chemistry with supporting instrumentation, office and support areas.

Professor Richard Taylor, head of Department of Chemistry

Professor Richard Taylor, the Head of the Department of Chemistry at York, said: “This exciting new development will enable our Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence to move into new research facilities to promote the development and implementation of green and sustainable chemistry and related technologies into new products and processes. Focusing on wider participation and collaboration, this new facility will provide a modern research laboratory to promote greater engagement with industrial partners.”

The project is due for completion late 2013 and aims to further enhance the Department of Chemistry’s leading reputation which boasts top 5 rankings in The Times and Guardian University guides for 2013.

Keith Shivers, Regional Director, VINCI Construction UK, Building Division – North East, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded this contract with the University of York and we look forward to working closely with the client to help them reach their short and long term objectives.  The new Chemistry block will be a great addition to the Department and provide teachers with professional-standard facilities to educate their students.”