Chemistry of Health

Client: Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge

Contractor: Kier Construction

Cambridge based building services company, Kershaw Mechanical Services have recently completed the Mechanical and Electrical works for the Chemistry of Health building for the Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge.

The 2600sq m state-of-the-art facility will provide a space for the study of neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. It will house a Chemistry of Health Incubator, the Molecular Production and Characterisation Centre (MPACC) and the Centre for Misfolding Diseases.

Kershaw Mechanical Services were appointed to carry out the M&E works by main contractor Kier Construction, who has a long history working within the university and education sector.

Ian Greenstock, Managing Director, Kershaw Group said “We are very proud to have been able to contribute to the project which will be driving forward medical research into the treatment of diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s” he continued “Kershaw has a vast amount of experience providing M&E services within the research and laboratory field and we utilised these skills throughout the development”

Kershaw Mechanical Services were responsible for the design and the mechanical installation of the write-up area, laboratory and natural ventilation systems. Elements undertook by Kershaw also included MSC extraction system and full medical gases, new low-temperature hot water and chilled water systems, the cold room and an automatically controlled Building Management System.

Electrical works include internal and external lighting, power data and telecommunication installation, security systems, fire alarm and PV.

Prior to the main project construction starting, Kershaw also undertook a large enabling works package, including the relocation of the BOC liquid nitrogen storage tank, medical gas bottle cages, and AC condensers as well as the relocation and upgrading of the electrical substation.

Work started on the £22.8 million building in October 2016 and the first researchers moved into their new home in June 2018, with the centre due to open officially later in the year.