Wolfson Integrated Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory, York
Otherwise known as the Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory, this project is part of a phased redevelopment by the University of York. The laboratory is the first of its kind in the UK, as a dedicated research building.
Situated near the existing Chemistry Department, the new two-storey laboratory comprises of 800m2 containing: laboratory space, a modelling suite with visualisation facilities, collaborative research and office space.
Brentwood were appointed in a technical advisory capacity by the University of York, assisting in the development, procurement and construction of the fast track programme.
Due to the nature of the highly sensitive laboratory instrumentation which measures the composition of the atmosphere, services design required considerable care and skill. A combination of passive systems alongside mechanical systems were installed for optimum performance.
Underfloor heating was predominately used throughout, fed by recovered heat from the CHP (Combined Heat and Power) plant. The low energy, sustainable scheme was a feat of accomplished engineering system design.