Enhanced Facilities for Leading Chemistry Department
University of Leicester has opened the newly refurbished Chemistry
Department, which includes state of the art laboratories, write-up areas,
offices and facilities for people with disabilities such as a new lift, ramps,
toilets and automatic doors.
George Porter Building, which houses the department, has been renovated to
incorporate all scientific research work by students in addition to its existing
resources which have been greatly improved.
was completed by the main contractor, Phoenix Contracts, shortly before Easter
for this project has been partly provided by the Higher Education Funding
Council, England, (HEFCE) through the Science Research Investment Fund (SRIF).
The initial budget of £3 million was increased to take account of the
facilities for people with disabilitie
the Chemistry Department had been spread between two buildings, both of which
have been refurbished.
The George Porter Building will now house the Chemistry Department and
the former Chemistry Research Building will become home to the School of
Archaeology and Ancient History at the start of the new academic year.
University of Leicester Chemistry Department has been consistently highly rated
in university guides, and was ranked number 13 in the UK in The
Times Good University Guide of 2002.
of Department Professor Eric Hope commented:
“We are delighted with the state-of-the-art facilities that the
renovation has provided, as it will allow us to deliver internationally
competitive research and high quality teaching in one unified building.”
refurbished George Porter Building was formally opened on Friday, June 27 by the
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester, Professor Robert Burgess.
Guests included all those involved in the project, including the
contractor, design team, project implementation team, University of Leicester
Estates Office and Chemistry Department.
The project is part of a £300 million development plan launched by the University of Leicester, to be implemented over the next 30 years.
more information on the work of the Chemistry Department contact
Professor Eric Hope, Head of Department, telephone 0116 252 2108, fax 0116 252 3789,
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