National Graphene Institute Leads Global Search for Manchester’s Wonder Material

Manchester Graphene Week 2015

Helping BAM to create Manchester’s worldclass research facility, National Graphene Institute, is another great build project we have been proud to support.

The £60m glass-fronted building, off Oxford Road in Manchester, is now open, our on–site welfare facilities are coming off site this week (w/c 8th June) and it is great to see this amazing building now really coming to life.

The Institute provides 7,600 sq of laboratory space and is at the centre of the global drive to develop the world’s thinnest and strongest material which is almost completely transparent and is an excellent conductor of electricity. Two University of Manchester academics, Andre Geim and Konstantin Novoselov, won the Nobel Prize for Physics for their research into Graphene in 2010.

This month the building is the focal point of the City’s Graphene Week (22nd to 26th June), an international conference which will see scientific experts discuss the progress that is being made with the new material that was first isolated at The University of Manchester in 2004.

Until now, Graphene Week has been staged in various locations across Europe and the US, bringing global recognition to the properties and potential of the world’s thinnest, strongest and most conductive material.
This week the Manchester Evening News ran a great article on Graphene Week which you can read in full here.

AV Group provided 21 on-site Open Space steel modular buildings which included the highest quality accommodation for contractors including a canteen, open plan offices, meeting rooms, disabled toilets and washroom facilities and rest areas. The installation also featured a viewing platform to enable visitors to see the progression of the development throughout the build programme.