New £15.8m GlaxoSmithKline Laboratory “Completely Destroyed”

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September 14th, 2014

A £15 million wooden chemistry laboratory will continue to burn for a further 24 hours, firefighters confirmed today.

The Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry at Nottingham University was destroyed after it several fires broke out inside the state-of-the-art building on Friday night.

The laboratory, which was part-funded by a £12 million grant from pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline was due to open for the first time next year.

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to the scene at 8.30pm after residents spotted the blaze…

…The building was designed to reach carbon neutral status in 25 years to make up the energy expended during its construction.

‘The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry is a landmark building which is the embodiment of the University’s commitment to sustainability in all its forms, particularly in the area of green chemistry and we will be working closely with our partners at GSK, and the contractors Morgan Sindall, to develop a positive plan of action for rebuilding.’

It is not yet known what caused the blaze and a spokesperson for NFRS said work to establish the cause of the blaze can only begin fully once the fire is entirely out.


source: the daily heil

No-one was injured and no other buildings were affected

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