The School has finally taken occupancy of the new ‘Materials Science and Engineering’ building. The main part of the building was completed and handed over to the University in March this year. The School currently occupies most of the basement and ground floor as well as levels 1-4. Some of the ground floor and level 1 space has been allocated to the ‘Michael Crouch Innovation Centre’; a new interdisciplinary centre created to foster innovation, design and entrepreneurship amongst students. The remaining levels, 5-7, will be fitted out later in 2015, although it has not yet been finally determined who will occupy this space.
The building is a $143M project, which, so far, has come in on time and under budget. It provides fabulous study spaces for both undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as large light-filled offices. Laboratory equipment is currently being located into the building and the first labs will come on line in April.
Clearly, this has been a massive project and the School has been fortunate to work harmoniously with the project architects, Grimshaws, lab designers, HDR, and construction firm, Brookfield Multiplex, in the design and building of our new home. A large number of staff have worked incredibly hard to make this project successful, especially over the past few months, not least the Deputy Head of School, Owen Standard, all the School’s laboratory staff, especially safety manager, Anthony Zhang, and, of course, my fearless and relentless EA, Joanne Hallis.