New Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre Due to Open 2018

Graphene Engineering Innovation CentreImage: University of Manchester

Following its successful role on the £61m National Graphene Institute (NGI), Bureau Veritas Building Control UK (formerly HCD Building Control) is providing Building Control Approved Inspector services for the team delivering a second centre at The University of Manchester for research into this ‘wonder-material’.

Set to open in 2018, the £60m Graphene Engineering Innovation Centre (GEIC) will complement the NGI and initiate further industry-led development in graphene applications with academic collaboration. It will be critical in ensuring graphene-based products can be fast-tracked from the drawing board to the market, maintaining the UK’s position at the forefront of the development of graphene and related 2-D materials.

It will also reinforce Manchester’s position as a leading global centre in graphene research and commercialisation. The GEIC facility is being designed by Rafael Viňoly Architects with structural engineer, Ramboll and cost manager, EC Harris. Graphene is a form of pure carbon, arranged in sheets just one atom thick.

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