The Building

The Research Complex has space on two levels to accommodate a maximum of 150 people. In addition to the offices and laboratories the building has various communal areas including a café area, meeting rooms and breakout spaces to encourage interaction and collaboration. 

Environmental issues have not been forgotten and energy use is carefully monitored. An innovative approach to managing the internal environment was developed by the engineers. An Earth Tube 100m long is buried under a grassy mound next to the Complex.  Air is drawn from the exterior through the tunnel and, because the temperature below ground is relatively stable, it cools the air by up to 5°C in summer and warms it by up to 4°C in winter. This helps reduce energy use and building’s carbon footprint.