Building 21st century Britain - Sunderland University Science Complex Phase II

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TClarke North MD Kevin Mullen looks at a series of projects delivered by our team in Sunderland which make a major contribution to building the nation for the 21st century

This £5.5m redevelopment will increase Sunderland University’s capability to support more STEM (Science, Technology, Engineeering & Maths) graduates and engage with life science and healthcare companies, regionally, nationally and internationally. As professor Tony Alabaster, Associate Dean of Research and External Engagement says: “Our ambition to advance science education at Sunderland that has ‘real world’ impact is ever-evolving. The move to patient-centred and precision medicine and integrated and community-based healthcare will have a profound impact on the skills needed within the industry and its supply chain, including the growing life science and ICT sectors. We want to ensure our graduates have the skills to meet those challenges.”

In Phase II of this project, we worked with Clugston and our long term partner Malones to deliver the M&E works and we’ve now delivered our work, on programme to the satisfaction of all parties.

Phase II sees the creation of two innovative teaching environments in the Fleming and Pasteur buildings. These features digitally connected laboratories enabling students to access live and recorded learning materials to support their practical training. These also include the ‘Living Lab’ - a unique, cross care context environment, using advanced hi-fidelity simulation equipment and feedback to deliver integrated working. Professor Alabaster adds: “The digitally connected Living Lab will enhance the quality and efficiency of teaching practical skills across our pharmacy and the bio-medical sciences curriculum, giving students access to in-class and remote, live and recorded course content.”

TClarke’s programme presented a series of challenges in each area.

Pasteur Building level 1 - This was a full strip out, demolition and installation of new office areas on a tight programme that was to take place from the end of term in June 2015 with a completion of September 2015 for the start of the new term.

Fleming Level 01 - This area overlapped with the above, with the strip out works commencing in August with the completion date being December 2015. This involved a complex phasing of the works as all the M&E services were supplied from existing plant areas that had to keep the labs in the floors above and below live as these were still being used by the University. On this floor we installed the M&E services to two large labs, c/w fume extract systems as well as prep areas and smaller specialist lab areas.

Fleming Level 00 - This area commenced in January 2016 with a completion date in July (additional variation works are still ongoing). Again this was a challenging area with the completed Level 01 now being occupied as well as the basement level below which housed the main LV switchroom, comms room and air handling plantroom along with labs and other teaching areas. This floor of the building has a mock hospital ward, Simulation room (where variation works are still ongoing) to set up a typical A&E situation for training purposes, dispensary areas, seminar rooms and general teaching areas.