Sir William Henry Bragg Building

Work begins: Spring 2017
Work due to be completed: Winter 2020
Cost: £96m
Contractors: BAM

Brief:  A new £96m development, the Sir William Henry Bragg Building, will be constructed to create an integrated campus for Engineering and Physical Sciences to build on a shared interaction between these disciplines.

Located on the north east quarter of campus the new 15,700m2 building will enable the integration of the University disciplines of Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Computing along with the provision of critical central teaching and social interaction spaces.

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This investment will foster a culture of inter-disciplinary working in the development of novel materials to address 21st Century challenges in many areas, including energy efficient computing, telecommunications, sustainable magnetic materials, sensors for use in biological systems and extreme or remote environments, pharmaceutical formulations, ‘smart foods’ and medical technologies.

The facility will include first-class laboratory and specialised teaching spaces, enabling cutting-edge research, and outstanding student experience, whilst enhancing the University’s research power and strengthening collaboration with industry.

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Key Stages

July 2019 – Precast frame complete and structural steelwork commence.  Basement partitions have commenced and installation of prefabricated risers will start.
July – Aug 2019 Basement mechanical and electrical  work commences.  Old Mining Building window installation will be ongoing
August – October, Steel extension to Old Mining Building will be complete and steel installed to roof areas
November – Installation of package plantroom and envelope cladding will commence
Jan 2020 – Building watertight
Jan – August 2020 fit out
August to Oct 2020 – Mechanical and Electrical commissioning
Autumn 2020 – Completion

The Bragg Centre for Materials Research will also be supported by this £96m development. It will enable the discovery, creation, characterisation and exploitation of materials engineered at the atomic level. The centre’s research brings together the fundamental understanding, design and fabrication of materials with the potential for their exploitation in new devices, systems and applications.

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Project Manager: David Oldroyd, Estates Services. E.

Service/Faculty Facilities Manager: Jerry Lee. E.

Site Manager: Jonathan Conway. E.

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