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Institute of Life Science 2 and Swansea Building Control

This facility comprises a seven storey reinforced concrete framed building with rain screen and curtain walling. It features a distinctive full-height glazing atrium which cuts a path through the tower of structure, linking the University with the adjacent Singleton Hospital.

Institute of Life Sciences 2 © Girts Gailans
Looking down in to the atrium © Girts Gailans
Office space © Girts Gailans
The atrium © Girts Gailans
Cafe © Girts Gailans
Institute of Life Sciences 2 © Girts Gailans
Looking down in to the atrium © Girts Gailans
Office space © Girts Gailans
The atrium © Girts Gailans
Cafe © Girts Gailans

The Tower includes high quality incubator offices and meeting spaces, in-patient facilities which form part of the clinical research areas and a fifth floor open terrace with a café and views over Swansea bay.

The Centre for NanoHealth includes laboratory facilities, a high tech clean room and nano probe and ebeam machines.  The high sensitive equipment housed in the facility, as well as its diverse uses, impacted the construction from the design stage onward, with a varied group of end users wanting to ensure their requirements were incorporated into the design and delivered in the final building.

A high level of investment was made to create a 'zero vibration' substructure for the facility.  In addition, the building envelope had to be constructed to seamlessly accommodate installation of the specialist equipment (including MRI and CT scanners) with services at the ready, including delivering chilled water from the plant room as part of the ILS2.  Technologies incorporated into the building include natural ventilation, rainwater recycling and a sophisticated building management system that monitors and controls lighting, heating and ventilations throughout the facility.

The scheme, undertaken by Leadbitter is part of a four-year framework run by the University Estates & Facilities Management Directorate.  The second phase of the Institute of Life Science is designed to house research facilities at the forefront of life science disciplines, a new Clinical Research Facility; an Imaging Suite; and the Centre for Health Information, Research and Evaluation as well as the Centre for NanoHealth.   The highly sensitive equipment housed in the facility, as well as its diverse uses, impacted the construction from the design stage onward, with a varied group of end users wanting to ensure their requirements were incorporated into the design and delivered in the final building.

The Institute of Life Science 2 won the Best Education Building in the 2013 Swansea Building Excellence Awards.

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