Grainge Architects have worked closely with contractor Midas Construction in the detail design and delivery of the University of Exeter Business School’s new £5.5m SERSF building at Penryn Campus, Cornwall.
The Science and Engineering Research Support Facility (SERSF) provides a base for the Universities Business School and includes flexible workspaces and purpose built laboratories for offshore renewables and biosciences enabling expansion of the research facilities of the Marine Renewables team and the Centre for Ecology and Conservation (CEC). This fast growing sector of learning is at the forefront of Exeter University’s investment at the Penryn Campus that it jointly manages with Falmouth University. The SERSF building enables vital engagement with local businesses, sharing the benefits of the joint expertise in business, marine renewables, as well as ecology and conservation with communities, businesses and groups across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The investment helps increase the regions already prestigious standing in these sectors helping to strengthen breadth and depth of research and teaching facilities available.
Following planning approval gained by another designer, Grainge Architects were then appointed and along with the design team of Hydrock who were responsible for structures and Method Consulting LLP who were responsible for M&E, undertook detail design to ensure the scheme was delivered on time and in budget.
The 1200m2 of new build is arranged over two-storeys and is in itself designed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating emphasising the environmental credentials of the buildings ‘Green’ ethos through it’s design. The current build is the first phase of the project with further extensions in the pipeline. Situated prominently next to the Daphne du Maurier building and the Environment and Sustainability Institute (ESI) a well as the Tremough Innovation Centre (TIC) reinforces the critical mass of related learning located on the Penryn Campus.
The SERSF building has been funded via a mixture of investment, including £3.9m from the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme and £1.6m from the University of Exeter.