27 November 2008
Trench Farrow, part of the WYG Group, supports University of Southampton in welcoming back Mountbatten Building after £55m investment
The total reconstruction of one of Europe’s leading multidisciplinary clean room complexes, located on the Highfield Campus at the Universityof Southamptonhas recently been completed, benefiting thousands of staff and students.
After three years in temporary facilities, staff and students recently relocated to the brand new £55m Mountbatten Building, which has been reconstructed after a fire destroyed the original facility in 2005. Laboratories, teaching space and a large atrium have all been incorporated into the new facility which boasts world class energy efficiency credentials in the form of natural stack ventilation, evaporative free cooling and grey water-recycling systems.
Appointed as Project Manager, Trench Farrow supported the implementation a two-stage, design and construct procurement route to facilitate the provision of a state-of-the art flexible research space for world–leading technology development in nanotechnology and photonics, for the University’s School of Electronicsand Computer Science and the Optoelectronics Research Centre.
Professor Harvey Rutt, Head of the School of Electronics and Computer Science commented:
“The new building has literally risen like a phoenix from the ashes of its predecessor. It provides the environment and facilities that will enable us to carry out fundamental and transformative research at the nanoscale and our cleanrooms will enable us to forge new partnerships with others working at the leading edge of technology. It fully realizes the University's commitment made the day after the fire, to ensure that our research would continue in even better and more appropriate surroundings.”
Tom Farrow, Managing Director of Trench Farrow, part of the WYG Group, added:
“ Southampton University is an extremely important part of the City and is renowned for providing first class research facilities for leading scientists worldwide. Through the implementation of a strategy that maximised development time, whilst minimising the University’s exposure to financial risk, the aim was to offer a solution that would contribute towards retaining the University’s position within its field. ”