GlaxoSmithKline Centre, University of Nottingham

GlaxoSmithKline Centre, University of Nottingham

A carbon neutral chemistry lab for PhD students and researchers at the University.

Higher Education - East Midlands

Project Overview

The GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) carbon neutral laboratory for sustainable chemistry at the University of Nottingham provides PhD students and top researchers the best facilities in the pharmaceutical industry.

Sustainability is reflected in the building, which incorporates the latest technologies to allow it to be carbon neutral over its life time.

The laboratory also provides strategic partnerships within the pharmaceutical  industry between institutions whilst appealing to global visiting researchers which represents GlaxoSmithKline’s commitment to develop international talent.

The project is one of the world’s first buildings to achieve both BREEAM Outstanding and LEED Platinum accolades.

  • BREEAM Outstanding

  • LEED Platinum

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Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures
  • EnvironmentalEnvironmental


University of Nottingham

We worked with:

Architect: Fairhursts Design Group
Contractor: Morgan Sindall

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The Challenge

The client had a mission to build the laboratory with no contributions to greenhouse gases or climate change.

Our Solution

Curtins achieved this, creating the world's first chemistry lab to be Net Zero Carbon. The centre was built using a timber frame with solar panels and a strikingly beautiful green, curved roof.

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