Approval secured for Life Sciences building in Brighton

WCN Editorial Team 14 Feb 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of Sussex has secured planning consent from Brighton & Hove City Council for the construction of a new Life Sciences building at its main campus in Brighton, UK.

The new five-storey building, designed by Hawkins Brown Architects, will remain true to the vision of the university’s founding architect, Sir Basil Spence.

The 17,000 sq m facility will feature four open courtyard spaces, an ‘internal street’, and collaborative spaces for staff and students to work in, encouraging molecular biologists, zoologists, neuroscientists, pharmacologists and chemists to carry out research alongside each other to develop new scientific insight.

It will include the distinctive use of glass, concrete, brick and green spaces and will be constructed to the highest environmental standards, with some green roofs to reflect its South Downs surroundings.

Additionally, the project will feature a new Bio-Innovation Centre — a hub for growing bio-medical businesses.

Professor Laurence Pearl, head of the School of Life Sciences, said: “Our new state-of-the-art building will ensure that we can continue to produce innovative, world-leading research for decades.

“The new building will enable our diverse teams of scientists to work more collaboratively alongside each other to make life-changing scientific discoveries.”

The project is expected to create about 600 new jobs across the region. The Life Sciences building is part of the university’s overall Campus Masterplan, which was approved by Brighton & Hove City Council in 2015.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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