Rafael Viñoly Architects has won planning for its £60 million graphene engineering centre at the University of Manchester
The 8,400m2 laboratory 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.
Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre
Type of project higher education
Architect Rafael Vinoly Architects
Client University of Manchester
Completion date 2017