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Saturday19 August 2017

RHP wins consent for Cambridge chemistry facility

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Architect wins planning for new centre for study of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s at Cambridge University

RHP has been given the green light for a £22 million development at Cambridge University’s department of chemistry.

The new “Chemistry of Health” facility will provide additional space for the study of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.

RHP’s design for the Chemistry of Health centre include the construction of a 2,600sq m building over four floors which will include specialist equipment, laboratory and meeting spaces, and will be linked to the existing buildings.

The centre will be built on what is currently the department car park on Union Road.

RHP said its elevational treatment would complement and relate to the adjoining buildings with a brick façade at street level aligned with the existing department buildings to reinforce the street frontage. It includes similar punched slot windows to provide distinct expression to the incubator unit on the ground floor.

Above street level the façade will project forward slightly, and is expressed as a copper-clad box housing the laboratories on the first and second floors.

“The work that will be carried out for years to come at the Chemistry of Health is groundbreaking and essential,” said project director John Bailey.

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