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Viñoly gets green light for £60m Manchester graphene centre

The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre seen from Sackville Street
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Rafael Viñoly Architects has won planning for its £60 million graphene engineering centre at the University of Manchester


The 8,400mlaboratory and office building will house the university’s 230 graphene researchers and forms part of the institute’s drive to ’accelerate the mainstreaming’ of graphene products.

The approval for the new centre follows the recent completion Jestico + Whiles-designed National Graphene Institute which opened at the university last year.

Martin Schröder, vice-president and dean of the faculty of engineering and physical sciences, said: ‘This is a wonderful facility that will develop our world-leading research to new products and markets in collaboration with key industrial partners.

’The [centre] will be a catalyst for industry-university partnerships that will drive innovation and invention of new applications for graphene.’

The scheme is set to complete at the end of 2017.

The Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre seen from Mancunian Way

Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre

Rafael Viñoly Architects’ design for the University of Manchester’s Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre.

Project data

Location Manchester
Type of project higher education
Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects
Client University of Manchester
Area 8,400m2
Completion date 2017

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