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Major research and testing facilities for Cranfield Uni

As part of a 25 year masterplan, CPMG Architects is delivering four new buildings on the institution's Bedfordshire campus

Posted by Julian Owen | February 13, 2019 | Bricks & mortar

The architectural practice behind the multi-award-winning Aerospace Integrated Research Centre (AIRC) at Cranfield University has designed four new buildings on its Bedfordshire campus.

CPMG Architects is delivering a new agri-informatics facility, a water sciences building, an extension to the existing pilot hall, and a new fire station. The developments - part of a 25 year masterplan - are designed to enhance research and learning facilities for staff, students and visitors.

The agri-informatics facility will create a new home for the university’s national soil inventory. The £2.2m development will consolidate data and resources - including samples and maps from around the world – into a leading centre for soil science and data analysis.

The water sciences building is an extension of the Vincent building on the east elevation, and the new pilot hall extends the existing sewage works. These works will provide industrial-scale research and testing facilities for scientists, engineers and students, including a storm water tank, test and control sewer loop, and gas emissions test facility.

In addition, the new fire station is being developed to replace the existing facility, serving the airport on campus.

Development team manager, Tracy Flynn, said: “As well as enhancing our campus estate, the wider impact these buildings will have on our research capabilities will help to inform industry strategy and shape decision-making at a national and international scale. We are really pleased to be working with CPMG to deliver these projects, which will become showcase facilities.”

Director for CPMG Architects, Nick Gregory, said: “The designs we have developed combine our specialist higher education knowledge with our industrial and commercial expertise, to meet the complex nature of these buildings and the university’s requirements.”

CPMG has designed the buildings in line with the university’s carbon management plan, introducing energy-saving solutions during the design process.

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