Materials Innovation Factory, Liverpool

Materials Innovation Factory, Liverpool

A unique hub for The University of Liverpool and Unilever to revolutionise materials chemistry and research development with unparalleled state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

Higher Education - North West

Project Overview

The project provides a new innovation research hub for materials chemistry and formulation research facilities for use by the University and its academic/industrial partners. The building includes flexible specialist laboratories, offices and work spaces provide researchers with an open access ‘research hotel’ type of arrangement.

The works includes the construction of a four storey, 11,600 sqm BREEAM Excellent rated facility, in place of the demolished two storey lecture theatre.

We developed a sustainable structural solution to meet the future needs of the University. The proposed building comprises a reinforced insitu cast concrete frame supported off piled foundations and a piled suspended ground slab due to a layer of peat under the development site.

Copyright Paul Karalius

Services we provided:

  • Civils & StructuresCivils & Structures
  • EnvironmentalEnvironmental
  • Transport PlanningTransport Planning


University of Liverpool

We worked with:

Architect: Fairhursts Design Group

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The Challenge

The state-of-the-art equipment and facilities necessitated a high performance specification from the building's structure.

Our Solution

The structure was designed with due regard to strict vibration and deflection criteria in accordance with the client’s performance ‘in use’ specification.

Materials Innovation Factory, Liverpool

Project Highlights

Key features:

  • Revit BIM that enabled us to quickly develop and present a number of cost efficient structural solutions.

  • Connections to the existing research facility with a glazed multi-storey steel link structure.

  • BREEAM Excellent

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