• Client: National University of Ireland, Galway
  • Architect: Reddy Architecture
  • Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon
  • Duration: March 2012 - September 2013
  • Contract value: £14.2M
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The project involved the design and construction of 8,212m² of hi-technology science research facilities in a stand-alone 4 storey’s (including penthouse plant) building on the north of the NUI Galway campus.

The facilities consisted of:

  • 6 x 1000m² laboratory modules with support, including a Bio-Resources Unit
  • Meeting rooms
  • Laboratories
  • Write up space
  • Offices
  • Canteen
  • Reception
  • Seminar room
  • Mechanical and electrical installations
  • Associated plant rooms and spaces, including basement plant containing water tank rooms
  • Diversion of services, provision of services and service connections
  • Parking Areas
  • Paths and landscaping
  • Loading Bays

The project involved complex services and specialist equipment interface and required specialist commissioning works to be untertaken. A key requirement for the Bio Resource Unit (BRU) was that it must be run with all operating systems fully operational for a continuous 30 day period called the “Burn In”. The “Burn In” was overseen by a specialist commissioning company called the CUBE, the CUBE are a specialist company that oversee the design and build of Bio Resource Units.