Clean Room Construction wins green university challenge

Clean Room Construction (CRC), based in Strood, Kent, has completed its third project on the science and technology campus at the University of Cambridge. The £15m Alan Reece Building for the Institute for Manufacturing (IFM) on the West Cambridge site provides laboratory, office and teaching space for the IFM, which is a division of the Department of Engineering.

The £2.65m project included HVAC services and the installation of a biomass boiler plant which was located on the rooftop

CRC has designed, built and commissioned the electrical, mechanical and HVAC services for the 4,300m2 research facility, which includes laboratory space of 700m2. The £2.65m project also included the installation of a biomass boiler plant which had to be located on the rooftop. CRC subsequently designed a ground-to-roof fuel feed and ash disposal system.

The IFM is the first university building to have achieved an ‘Excellent’ BREEAM rating in recognition of its environmental performance, the company says. ‘Green’ features include the use of natural ventilation, good levels of natural light and the installation of the biomass boiler.

CRC’s project director, Richard Rowe, said: ‘More and more customers are looking to us to integrate sustainable and renewable energy solutions in our design and build projects. But the solutions also need to be cost effective and efficient as well as meeting the end users’ requirements.’

CRC has also completed multi million pound projects at the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Photonics and Electronics (CAPE) and at the Nanoscience Centre, which comprises cleanrooms and low noise and vibration laboratories for more than 300 researchers.