University of Nottingham (Carbon Neutral Laboratory)

University of Nottingham (Carbon Neutral Laboratory)

University of Nottingham (Carbon Neutral Laboratory)

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In December 2013 the Wolfson Foundation awarded £750,000 towards the GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at the University of Nottingham.

Opened in 2016, the award-winning Carbon Neutral Laboratory is the first of its kind in the UK. It is unique not only in its design but also in its focus on world-leading research activity in sustainable chemistry that aims to minimise environmental impact and ensure that the new chemistry developed is both energy and resource efficient, and sustainable. All research in the Carbon Neutral Laboratory aims for the highest “clean and green” standards, providing an excellent opportunity for closer collaboration with UK industry and for developing a wide range of collaborative research programmes.

The focus on sustainability is also reflected in the building itself, which incorporates the latest technologies to allow it to be carbon-neutral over its lifetime, whilst providing unrivalled facilities for chemistry. The laboratory is built from natural materials, and the energy required to run the laboratory is met by renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biomass. 

Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Greenaway said: “Our vision was to build capacity in a profoundly important area, Sustainable Chemistry, and use the new building as an embodiment of that vision: laboratories that are carbon neutral over the life cycle of the building; facilities that offer new ways of teaching and undertaking transformational research, and a built environment that is an exemplar for developments to follow elsewhere.”

Paul Ramsbottom, Chief Executive of the Wolfson Foundation added: “This is a building that sings of the activities that it houses. So it sings of quality, the quality of the research and the quality of the architecture, but above all of course, it sings of sustainability.

“It’s wonderful to walk round the building and discover not just high quality research, not just a sustainable building, but a beautiful building as well – a cathedral of chemistry.”

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GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Chemistry Laboratory at The University of Nottingham. Photos by Alex Wilkinson photography www.alexwilkinsonphotography.co.uk