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Clegg charged with battery research project

Simon Blackburn, managing director at Clegg ConstructionClegg Construction has started work on a hi-tech university project.

The Nottingham-based construction firm is converting an existing campus building at the University of Warwick into a leading facility for research into battery cells.

Completion of the £1.5m scheme is due in February 2014 with the battery pilot line forming part of facilities operated by WMG, a renowned academic department of the University of Warwick recognised as an international role model for universities and business working together.

Simon Blackburn, managing director at Clegg Construction, said: “WMG’s research work at the University of Warwick is held in high esteem so we are pleased to be playing a part in its continued development.

“We will be using our own experience of developing science facilities at universities and drawing on WMG’s expertise for the procurement process to fit out this state-of-the art development.”

Clegg Construction has already started on clearing out existing fittings from the two-storey building chosen to house the new research facility which will consist of a specialised dry room on the ground floor with a laboratory area on a mezzanine first floor.

Only two such facilities currently exist in England and the creation of an air lock into the specialised dry room is one of the challenges facing the Clegg Construction team along with handling of bespoke equipment and fittings.

Other university projects have helped establish Clegg Construction’s reputation as experts in education buildings. These include a £5m project to create five new laboratories at Aston University and the construction of the pioneering carbon neutral Energy Technologies Building at the University of Nottingham which incorporated the latest environmentally-friendly features.

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