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Viñoly tipped for Manchester Graphene centre

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Rafael Viñoly Architects is understood to be working on a new £60 million Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre at Manchester University

Plans for the Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) were announced by George Osborne in September 2014.

The building will complement the Jestico and Whiles-designed National Graphene Institute (pictured) which is set to open in March.

The innovation centre is partly being funded by Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy company Masdar and will focus on the development of the one atom thick material, which is 200 times stronger than steel.

The new centre is set to complete in 2017.

Viñoly, the architect behind the recently opened Walkie Talkie, has an office in the city and has already worked on the masterplan for the huge new training facility and academy next to Manchester City’s current Eastlands home.

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