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Works begins on Sheppard Robson's £30 million Staffs Uni scheme

[FIRST LOOK + PROJECT DATA] Construction has started on Sheppard Robson’s new £30 million Science and Technology Centre at Staffordshire University

The scheme within the University Quarter (UniQ) at Leek Road in Stoke-on-Trent is the first in a series of new schemes for the institution and forms part of the ‘largest education-led regeneration project in the UK.

One of a ‘family’ of bronze, copper and zinc clad-buildings, the new science centre will house laboratories, a cognitive and developmental psychology suite, lecture theatres, IT suites and public exhibition space.

Currently being built by Miller Construction, the building is due to complete in 2012.

Mark Petersen, associate at Sheppard Robson and project leader, said: ‘The Centre, as part of the UniQ regeneration project, is expected to bring two-fold benefits to the area, boosting the local economy by attracting new businesses, and by equipping the region with a highly-skilled workforce, particularly in the manufacturing sector, which is strong in the Midlands and will undoubtedly benefit from fresh talent.’

Project data

Architects: Sheppard Robson
Location: Stoke-on-Trent
Type Of Project: Masterplanning & new build
Structural Engineers: AECOM
Project Architect: Mark Petersen
Design Team: Design Director - Rupert Goddard plus Mike Raithby, Colin Parker and James Callaway
Client: Staffordshire University
Funding: Design & Build funding from the University and HEFCE
Tender date: May 2010
Start on site date: Autumn 2010
Contract duration: 1.5 years
Gross internal floor area: 10,500m²
Form of contract and/or procurement: Design & Build
Total cost: £30 million       
M&e consultant: AECOM
Quantity surveyor: Gleeds
Planning supervisor: NA
Lighting consultant: AECOM
Main contractor: Miller Construction
Selected subcontractors and suppliers: Airedale - M+E Detail Design, FH Dale - Steel Frame, Norking Aluminium - Envelope
Annual co2 emissions: Target Emissions Rate (TER) - 22.7 kgCO2/m2,  Target Emissions Rate (BER) - 17.7 kgCO2/m2
BREEAM: Excellent
CDM Coordinator: Turner Townsend


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