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Work on University of Wolverhampton's Stafford Road Science Centre complete

By Robert Cox | Wolverhampton | Education | Published:

Work to build a £10.1m Science Centre has been completed - with businesses set to move in within months.

The Science, Technology and Prototyping Centre now fronts the University of Wolverhampton's Science Park in Stafford Road, Wolverhampton.

Once fitted out inside it will feature offices, laboratories and workshops, as well as a café. The specialist spaces will be used by scientific-based businesses.

Work started in February 2016 on the three storey development, which has 4,000 square metres of space.

It features a fully glazed atrium and makes use of low carbon technology and solar panels along with exposed concrete structures to reduce the energy needed to cool and heat the building.

As part of the contract, Clegg Construction also provided work experience for University of Wolverhampton students from the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.

The three students worked as part of the site management team over a number of months.

Simon Blackburn, Managing Director of Clegg Construction, said: “It is fantastic to see the building finished and handed over to the client ready for occupation by businesses.

“It was a great development to work on and occupies a prominent position close to Wolverhampton city centre and is very much part of the wider regeneration of the city.

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“As a company we have had a lot of success in working within the Higher Education sector and this is one of a long line of amazing projects we have been involved with.”

Nigel Babb, University of Wolverhampton Science Park Commercial Director, said: “It has been really exciting to see the building finished. The new centre will offer unrivalled specialist space to scientific-based businesses wanting to develop and enhance their research and development activities.

“We think it will attract science and technology-based companies right to heart of Wolverhampton where they can grow and develop new products and processes.

“Clegg Construction has done a fantastic job in delivering it.”

The project has been funded through a £4.9m grant from the Growth Deal to the Black Country Local Enterprise Partnership, with the remaining £5.2m coming from the University of Wolverhampton.

Robert Cox

By Robert Cox
Senior Reporter - @rcox_star

Senior Reporter covering news in Wolverhampton.

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