Sir William Henry Bragg Building

  • Work begins: Spring 2017
  • Work due to be completed: Autumn 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

  • March 2018 – Enabling works
  • June 2018 – Piling start – piling rig on site
  • September 2018 – Basement excavation begins
  • November 2018 – April 2019 – Precast frame
  • Winter 2018 – Cranes arrive
  • Spring 2019 – Steelwork and pre-packaged plant room arrives
  • Summer – Winter 2019 – Cladding
  • Winter 2019 – Building watertight
  • Summer 2019 – Summer 2020 – Fit out
  • Summer 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: Barry Gilbert. E.  and E.

Site Manager: Jonathan Conway. E.

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