The project is the largest single investment that the University has made in recent history.
The development, which brings together the schools of engineering and physical sciences, forms an instrumental part of the University’s £520 million masterplan.
Located between the Grade II listed Old Mining building and St George’s Field, the new six storey development replaces the now demolished Estates Offices and Boiler house.
The project provides 16,000sqm of laboratories and specialist teaching spaces for the schools of engineering and physical sciences.
Laboratory spaces have been designed to encourage a culture of inter-disciplinary working in the research and development of new materials in areas including computing, telecommunications, sustainability, biology, pharmaceuticals and medicine.
The development incorporates a striking five-storey atrium that accommodates the vertical circulation and break out spaces to provide a vibrant core throughout the building.
Materials including Portland Stone and bronze coloured aluminium have been chosen to complement the existing building and historic character of the surrounding conservation area.
Proposals also include improving connectivity and links with the rest of the University campus. The building is due for completion in Spring 2020.