Estates and Facilities

GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry

 View from South West

The GlaxoSmithKline Carbon Neutral Laboratory for Sustainable Chemistry is the latest landmark development to be undertaken by The University of Nottingham on its Jubilee Campus.

The building has two live webcams, one looking south and one looking east.

The carbon neutral laboratory at The University of Nottingham Innovation Park is being constructed in partnership with the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and Impact: The Nottingham Campaign, the University’s largest ever fundraising appeal to change lives, tackle global issues and shape the future. The Campaign facilitated a £12 million grant from GSK as part of their ‘green chemistry’ commitment first announced in 2010.

View from North West

The building itself will incorporate the latest technologies to allow it to be carbon-neutral over its lifetime. The laboratory will be built from natural materials and energy required to run the laboratory will be met by renewable sources such as solar power and sustainable biofuel. Excess energy created by the building will provide enough carbon credits over 25 years to pay back the carbon used in its construction and is being used to heat the nearby office development on campus.

In addition to the above the building will achieve BREEAM 'Outstanding', this requires a score of 85 or more and puts the building in the top 1-2% of buildings constructed. LEED 'Platinum' is also being targeted, this is an USA based system and requires a points score of above 80, further details are located on the links above.

View from North East

The completed building will include:

  • State of the art teaching and research laboratories;
  • Writing up areas;
  • School outreach space;
  • Academic offices;
  • Seminar rooms;
  • Communal winter garden;

The project team involved is as follows:

Morgan Sindall

Acting as principal contractor.


Acting as lead consultant and architect.


Acting as civil and services engineer.


Acting as client facing project manager.


Acting as client facing cost manager and quantity surveyor.

WSP Safety 

Acting as CDM-Coordinator.


Acting as carbon assessor.

Should you require any further information please contact Richard Wigginton in the Estate Office.

Estates and Facilities

The University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD