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Work Completes on £13m Keele University Laboratories

Established Midlands contractor G F Tomlinson has completed work on a series of state-of-the-art science laboratories for £13 million that will benefit a range of students at Keele University, Staffordshire.

Work started on the highly-anticipated Central Science Laboratories (CSL) development in August 2017, bringing in a new 5,300 sq m four-storey building to the University’s campus.

Andy Sewards, Managing Director of G F Tomlinson, said: “We are very pleased that works have now completed on the Central Science Laboratories at Keele University – further enhancing the establishment’s reputation and improving the learning experiences of its students.

“There is already excitement for the building to open, and we are positive it will vastly benefit the innovative research that already takes place at the University. Here at G F Tomlinson, we regularly complete high-quality developments across a range of sectors, and this project signals yet another successful scheme within our higher education portfolio.”

G F Tomlinson was awarded the multi-million-pound CSL development as part of Keele University’s £42m overall investment into its Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Inside the new CSL build are new chemistry and pharmacy wet laboratories, as well as flexible dry laboratories for courses in geography, geology and more.

The building also contains breakout social learning spaces, open plan teaching and research areas, as well as IT rooms for practical teaching and group working.

Professor Jonathan Wastling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, said: “These new facilities will provide excellent learning spaces and state-of-the-art equipment for our students, giving them access to some of the best laboratories and science teaching environments in the country.

“I’m delighted that the University will benefit from the transformational teaching spaces, especially during our 70th anniversary year, cementing Keele’s commitment to collaborative and interdisciplinary working. The new landmark development will facilitate practical classes and student learning, as well as allowing the University to further develop its world-class research.”

All images courtesy of Simon from JAKT Photography

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