University of Salford for the ‘SEE Building’

Constructing Excellence

The Science, Engineering and Environmental (SEE) Building forms part of the Salford Crescent and University District’s wider masterplan: a £2.5bn development plan supporting major economic growth and enhanced communities within Salford. The plan includes opportunities to develop one million square feet of educational floor space, six million square feet of commercial space targeted at industrial growth sectors, two million square feet of public realms in addition to green landscaped routes and cycle ways, and 2,500 new homes and apartments.

The facility Building brings an entire faculty together in one collaborative space. The four-storey, 15,550 m2 steel frame building is occupied by the University’s departments of Robotics; Built Environment, Architecture, Civil Engineering, Computer Science; and The Morson Maker Space. The fully electric-powered facility features specialist equipment such as flight simulators, robotics, automotive, laser laboratories and a wind tunnel. It is a ‘living lab’ which expresses the building’s engineering function.

The successful delivery of the SEE Building was down to the fully collaborative multi-disciplinary team all working together. Via a people focused process, involving Morgan Sindall and the consultant team, the team were able to gain trust in each other to navigate risk and get the project to site on time.

Three Winning Facts:
  1. Under University of Salford’s leadership, the SEE Building has championed key Construction Playbook principles, such as embedding digital technologies, early supply chain involvement (ESI) and a payment mechanism and pricing reflecting the NEC4 procurement contract in its truest sense.
  2. BREEAM Excellent building which represents a significant step forward for the University in terms of its sustainability goals and demonstrates shared commitment to sustainable building practices in the future.
  3. The team have undertaken activities, such as Round Tables, Blogs, Videos, and events to promote the successes of the collaborative delivery approach and inspire others to adopt similar practices.