£3.7 Million Project to Enhance University of Leicester's Research Facilities
work has finished and the University of Leicester's new Space Research and
Multidisciplinary Modelling Centre is being fitted out with state-of-the-art
equipment, ready for use from the beginning of August 2003.
£3.7 million project, started in July 2002, will enhance the University of
Leicester's reputation as the largest academic centre for space research in
Europe. The University is a co-founder of the £52m National Space Centre, the
Millennium Commission's Landmark project for the East Midlands.
will also increase collaboration between groups in Mechanical and Fluids
Engineering, Applied Mathematics, Chemistry and Space Research. The boundaries
between disciplines are now the most fertile grounds for scientific advances.
Multidisciplinary modelling is a powerful tool, for example in understanding the
relationship between atoms and what happens on the everyday scale.
new centre will further increase the amount of research that can be carried out
by the University," says Deputy Director of Estates Paul Goffin. "The
facility will also be shared by the Engineering, Mathematics, Chemistry as well
as the Physics and Astronomy Department, and will expand the range of things
they can achieve. It provides an exciting new interdisciplinary environment for
of Science Professor John Fothergill said: "The building will house
scientists and engineers with interests in advanced modelling and simulation
methods. These techniques are key, for example, in understanding the ways that
materials fail - such failure may at best in an inconvenience and at worst a
catastrophe such as the malfunction of an aeroplane."
building work was done by Marriott Construction of Nottingham.
Architects Hook Whitehead Associates had originally designed the
University's Space Research Centre with the intention of adding this second
phase, which will provide valuable additional laboratory and research space for
staff and postgraduate students.
second phase of the Space Research and Multidisciplinary Modelling Centre was
designed to match the existing building. The three-storey extension was
constructed around a steel frame with blockwork internal walls and cladding to
external elevations. Windows are double glazed with powder coated metal frames.
The extension features a flat roof of a single ply membrane with an inset area
of accommodation on the second floor, which features a vaulted roof. Around this
is a balcony area, which accommodates services and plant.
extension's interior is being fully fitted out as part of the contract and the
existing building's security and fire alarms, power, telecommunications and data
been extended to serve the new phase.
£300,000 clean room, which creates a particle-free environment in which
scientists can work, has also been installed within the space research area of
the centre as part of the main contract.
Further information is available from Mr Paul Goffin, Deputy Director of
Estates, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2507, fax 0116 223 1333,
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