April 30, 2017, by Charlotte Anscombe

Nottingham’s green labs win big at industry awards

The GSK Carbon Neutral Laboratories for Sustainable Chemistry (CNL) have been named ‘Project of the Year’ at the RICS Awards 2017, East Midlands.

The iconic building, which was officially opened in February this year by GSK Chief Executive Sir Andrew Witty, was awarded the ‘Design through Innovation Award’ as well as scooping ‘Project of the Year’ at the prestigious awards ceremony.

The CNL, which is situated on the University’s award-winning Jubilee Campus, acts as a hub to catalyse sustainable scientific collaborations within industry. It incorporates the latest technologies in design to allow it to be carbon-neutral within 25 years of completion and is constructed of materials intended to have the least possible impact on the environment.

Professor Peter Licence, Head of the GSK CNL said on the wins: “It’s amazing – it really is true recognition for a world-leading project which will drive change in an area like chemistry. The building is revolutionary, and it’s something that Nottingham is proud of achieving. “

Chris Jagger, Chief Estates and Facilities Officer at the University, said: “The GSK Carbon Neutral laboratories deserved to win this award, and we are immensely proud that it has been recognised by our peers in the industry. The standard of entries this year was exceptionally high, and winning ‘Project of the Year’ really is testament to what an iconic building this really is.”

The RICS Awards celebrate the region’s most inspirational initiatives and developments in land, property, construction and the environment. All of the projects nominated are of significant benefit to the local communities they are based in, and to the East Midlands future growth.

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