The project

The £65-million Sir William Henry Bragg Building at the University of Leeds comprises 15,700 m² of laboratory accommodation over seven floors. The sprawling, heavily serviced and complex building enables the integration of engineering, physics, astronomy and computing and the provision of critical central teaching and social interaction spaces at the university.

Our contribution

Silcock Leedham supported BAM through a two-stage competitive tender procurement strategy from March 2017 to March 2018, including a competitive second-stage tender period followed by a further final negotiation to agree to a fixed lump sum contract of £65 million. We produced the technical design commencing at RIBA Stage 2 to Stage 4, producing coordinated drawings with fully detailed plant and equipment procurement schedules. We provided full technical support through RIBA Stage 5 through to completion and handover at RIBA Stage 6, as well as ongoing technical support during RIBA Stage 7 for the operational building.

Added value

Working on this project was technically challenging. Some key internal spaces included categorised laboratories and close temperature control rooms enabling the use of high-resolution electron microscopy, surface probe microscopy, X-ray diffraction and Raman and terahertz spectroscopy. Detailed thermal and computational fluid dynamics modelling helped to validate the design principles and identify potential challenges that were overcome before installation and validation work. The building achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

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