• £27.5m Aberystwyth University Innovation & Enterprise Campus

    Client: Aberystwyth University / AIEC Ltd
    Value: £27.5 million
    Architect: IBI Group
    Start Date: January 2016
    Services: Civil & Structural Engineering; Geoenvironmental; Transport Planning; Infrastructure

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    The project at the Gogerddan Campus comprises the construction of a new state-of-the-art, internationally recognised research facility. The research is expected to generate innovative new products, services and spin-out companies in sustainable food, health, biotechnology and renewable energy sectors.

    The site sits within the 1:100 flood zone of the Afon Clarach, so Natural Resources Wales were heavily engaged pre-planning, with hydraulic modelling of the watercourse undertaken. In addition, offsite drainage reinforcement was required to Dwr Cymru Welsh Water’s assets, to support the proposed development and accept the trade effluent from the site. Curtins worked closely with the university and DCWW during the evaluation of the offsite works required.

    The structure comprises steel framing. Full BIM coordination was undertaken to ensure the heavily serviced areas of the building were accommodated within the structure. The floor slabs comprise high quality finishes, utilising micro fibre reinforcement to meet the bio-containment needs and serviceability requirements of the client.

    Key points:

    • High level containment with Cat 2 laboratories required considered and flexible structural solutions.
    • Expansive works over a historic agriculture site that requires a coordinated infrastructure solution.
    • Flat slabs with robust concrete frame solution to limit vibration which may impact sensitive equipment.