BAM wins £23m Materials Innovation brief

BAM Construction has won the £23m contract to build the Materials Innovation Factory at Liverpool University.

The £65m facility in Grove Street will house 250 researchers working on the discovery of new materials which the university has said could have the potential to to save energy and natural resources, improve health or transform manufacturing processes.

A partnership with the consumer goods group Unilever, it has been supported by the Higher Education Funding Council for England, as part of the UK Government’s Research Partnership Investment Fund.

The project includes the demolition of an existing lecture theatre and the construction of the four storey 120,000 sq ft block that will incorporate research laboratories and offices. Work is scheduled to start on site in November 2014 with completion in July 2016.

Ged Flanagan, construction director, BAM Construction said: “This is an exciting project with a high technical specification and we are looking forward to starting on site and working with the project team to deliver this leading research facility for the University of Liverpool.”

Anthony Mulhearn, project manager at The University of Liverpool, said: “We are delighted to be moving the MIF project to the next stage with the appointment of BAM Construction to build this world-class facility and one which we are very proud to bring to Liverpool. This contemporary building clearly reflects our aspirations and provides the ideal environment to further our relationships with industry partners.”

It has been designed by the Manchester-based Fairhursts Design Group.

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