Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House

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The University is investing in the creation of new research and teaching facilities for our Schools of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Pharmacy.

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Project overview

The University and the Lincolnshire Co-operative Society have formed a partnership to develop a new Science & Innovation Park to the south of the University campus.

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As the first phase of this joint venture, we are redeveloping two existing buildings – Becor House and Minster House – to house the Schools of Chemistry, Life Sciences and Pharmacy and complement the existing Science Building.

We are renaming Becor House in honour of Sir Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820), botanist, President of the Royal Society and High Sheriff of Lincolnshire.

The new facilities provide over 6,000 square metres of new teaching, learning and research space, bringing together previously separate groups of researchers and enabling a whole new generation of scientists to join our research community.

Design walkthrough

The design of the Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House has been developed by a collaborative team including teaching and research staff, estates and ICT professionals, architects and engineers.

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The design integrates research, teaching and social space into a single, connected learning landscape. Undergraduates, postgraduates and staff will share formal and informal spaces distributed throughout the facilities.

The building’s simple, linear form facilitates navigation and excellent access to natural light throughout. A learning corridor runs through the building on all three axes, connecting the entrance with the teaching spaces, laboratories, offices and the new social learning spaces on each level.

Sited to the southwest of the campus, the new facilities face onto a large green quadrangle with mature trees. New footpaths, seating and cycle stores will enhance this already pleasant space.

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Inside, interactive displays and a staffed reception desk will welcome visitors:

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The original staircase has been reimagined to catalyse learning and social interactions:

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Graphic, object and living displays will make this a memorable and unique place:

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Clear signage and circulation will help first-time visitors to feel at home quickly:

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Integrated seating in the building’s central core will support chance conversations:

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The three-storey Nucleus will be the building’s social hub, with group and individual study and social settings, adjacent to two of the new seminar rooms (background).

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The double helix motif will reappear on the outside of the Nucleus extension and the east and west stairwells.

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Teaching and learning spaces

The new teaching and learning facilities in the buildings will include:

  • Six new seminar rooms for 15 to 60 people each
  • Four new tutorial rooms for 10 people each
  • Three new social learning spaces in the Nucleus
  • The Maltby Suite – a dedicated pharmacy teaching suite combining:
    • A flexible pharmacy teaching and learning area
    • A mock pharmacy and drug store
    • A medicines suite
    • Six consultation rooms

Undergraduate and postgraduate students will also make use of the buildings’ research facilities in the course of their research projects.

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Architects’ impressions of the Maltby suite for pharmacy teaching

Research

DNA-circular-mapThe new facilities will house research activity on every scale, from molecular to ecological. Dedicated new research spaces will enable significant expansion in both Schools’ research programmes.

The Joseph Banks Laboratories will include research facilities for molecular biology, microbiology, tissue biology, bioacoustics and ancient DNA analysis, chemistry and medicinal chemistry, pharmacology and medicinal pharmacy. Minster House will accommodate animal cognition, behaviour and welfare research.

For more information, please visit the Schools’ research pages:

Research in the School of Life Sciences »
Research in the School of Pharmacy »

Outdoor spaces and connections

The large green space in front of the JBL and Minster House will be open to students, staff and campus visitors.

The JBL and Minster House will be connected physically and digitally with the existing campus. New footpaths will reduce walking distances between the campus and the new facilities while a new fibre-optic duct will connect them to the University’s network.

Timescales

The transformation of the two buildings is in three phases. As with all building projects, the timings are subject to change, but here are the current plans:

  1. Demolition and strip-out works were completed in May 2013.
  2. Construction of the “shell and core” of the building follows on from demolition and is expected to be complete by the end of December 2013.
  3. The University’s fitout works will follow on from the shell and core works, and are expected to be complete by the end of July 2014.

Migration of furniture, equipment and staff is expected to take place in July and August 2014, ahead of full building operation from September 2014.


EyeYour views

We are extremely excited about this project, which represents an unprecedented investment in the future of scientific research in Lincoln. We would be very pleased to receive comments and questions from students, staff and members of the public – please get in touch using the comments form below, and please share this page with friends and colleagues.

Project team

Project and cost management – Pulse Associates
Architectural design – Marchini Curran Associates
Mechanical and electrical design – EBS Consultants


Progress updates

1 September – Staff have been moving in to the new buildings and both Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House are really coming alive.

The open learning spaces are light and airy and feed directly into the Student as Producer ethos:

The laboratories now have equipment and look clean and professional:

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The Maltby Suite, where our pharmacy students will work, also looks fabulous:

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Lastly, the image below shows the JBL Boardroom. Again, this will prove to be a brilliant meeting space for staff and students:

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15 August – This week the update is quite short as all the offices and learning areas are being populated with furniture:

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7 August – Exciting news this week as Henry Boot prepare to officially hand over the buildings to the University. Snagging is in the final stages now and the site feels transformed. As you will see in the images below, Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minster House will offer cutting edge facilities for staff and students. 

The site will remain closed to staff for just a little while longer as ICT will begin installing their equipment, furniture is added and the builders finish off the snagging works.

The Reception area is beautiful and offers a light and sophisticated feel:

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The labs themselves are now complete and just need equipment adding:

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The Pharmacy space is stunning, again this will be a tremendous work space for our students:

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The office spaces have also been completed, with all rooms benefiting from natural light:

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With just those finishing touches to go, the space feels nearly complete. Directional signage is going up:

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31 July – It’s at this point we should reflect how far this project has come this year. Since shell and core took place during the winter (see the bottom of this page), major structural and aesthetic improvements have taken place thanks to Henry Boot and the University Estates Projects Team. 

The site is significantly transformed, with snagging (the term used by builders to rectify cosmetic problems), finishing touches and a final clean-up being the order of the day for Minster House as it nears handover to the University.

Below, images show the finished kitchen area, observation suites, storage and laboratory spaces.

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The outdoor animal enclosure has been completed and the greenhouse is also finished:

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The Joseph Banks Laboratories are also seeing signs of finishing touches. The DNA strand is themed throughout the site, appearing on the building facade, entrance, glazing and office windows:

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The shower room, toilets and kitchen areas are also nearing completion:

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This is an example office space, with the furniture set to be fitted in the coming weeks:

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The Reception area has been branded with the University coat of arms and the communal spaces are also taking shape now with the hand-built, bespoke seating areas being constructed.:

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On the ground floor, the laboratory spaces are being finished, with the first floor and second floors at a more advanced stage (see last week’s post below):

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23 July – The site a alive with activity, with more than 100 builders on site finishing the interior installation.

The Joseph Banks Building is nearing completion, with work to lay carpeting taking place on the first and second floors. The floors are cleaned, treated with adhesive and finished:

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The Laboratory spaces just seem to get better and better after every visit. Here are two lab spaces with fume cupboards installed:

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Outside, the gas supply has been completed:

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The Harrison Way path has also been completed with lighting now connected:

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Inside Minster House, work to complete finishing touches nears an end. The image below shows blinds being measured and installed:

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Last, but not least, the local insect population is also looking beautiful. This dragonfly was pictured on site:

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16 July – The first thing that hits you now as you approach the site is the new paving connecting the Science Park with the existing University Campus. The paving (temporarily named Harrison Way) will be fully lit:

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Minster House is very near completion now, with just finishing touches being completed. Following the hand-over from Henry Boot to the University next week, work to bring in new and existing equipment will begin. As you can see the corridors allow for a light and clean feel throughout:

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Observation glass has been installed now for animal behavior studies. The view from the subject room looks like this:

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The reflective glass works just like a mirror, so the animal subjects are unaware of the observation suites which flank the main room.

The  outdoor animal enclosure is also nearly complete:

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Inside the Joseph Banks Building, work continues to create the cutting-edge laboratories:

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The Reception is also beginning to take shape:

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8 July – As Joseph Banks and Minster House draw closer to completion, building works are firmly set towards finishing in preparation for staff moving in time for the start of term. 

Inside Minster House, many rooms are extremely near completion. The image below shows the kitchen:

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Inside, the sound proofing room has been completed. It’s a bizarre experience stepping into the room as sound stops travelling within it and you feel like you are in a bubble.

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The multi-functional learning spaces are looking fantastic. The images below show the room dividers which will allow greater flexibility for seminars and group work.

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A purpose built fridge room has also been completed. This will be used to store feed for the animals kept on site. The second image shows the cooling fan for the storage area.

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Inside the canine observation suite, the dog parks have also been prepared!

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The Joseph Banks Building is also progressing extremely well. The images below show the lab spaces, fume cupboards and work benches.

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Each lab space has dedicated gas control valves which monitor levels closely:

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The corridors are currently being vinyled. Firstly, great sheets of vinyl are laid and glued before rollers flatten the surface for a smooth finish:

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Inside the main stairwells, the learning lounges are also taking shape. Bespoke furniture is being created for student collaboration:

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Thanks to Becky France who took many of the images this week. 

23 June – The site is really gaining momentum now, with room finishing and furnishing taking priority. Inside the Joseph Banks Laboratories the ground, first and second floors are nearing room completion:

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Once the floor lining is down, work begins on adding the work benches:

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Inside Minster House, the finishing is also taking place with second coats of paint and electric works being completed.

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Outside the buildings, the landscaping is really taking shape, including the instillation of a new greenhouse and seating.

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30 May – The site is really visibly transformed this week, with work to lay laminate flooring, ceiling tiles and second coats of paint the priority in Minster House and the top floor of Joseph Banks.

Firstly, the floors are sanded to an even level shown below. This is the top floor of Joseph Banks.

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The laminate flooring is then set in place. In the corners, piping is melted into the laminate for an even finish.

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The next stage is the secondary painting and ceiling tiles.

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And the results look amazing. The rooms feel clean, professional and ready for scientific use even though there are many other stages before the rooms are handed over.

Inside Minister House the same processes are taking place. The first image shows the refrigeration unit.

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The next image shows the kennels.

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These areas are the teaching and learning spaces and offices.

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Outside, work on the landscaping continues. As you can see, the gas housing has been completed and there are lockable bike racks!

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20 May – The concreting on the floors has now been completed and much of the work to complete the wall lining and finishing takes place over the next three weeks prior to the large machinery being installed. This process involves custom fitting throughout:

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The electrical fuse boxes have also been fitted to some floors. These will service the 7,000m of cabling running throughout the building.

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Minster House continues to progress well and works outside to improve the landscape have just begun:

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Inside the finishing works continue with painting and decorating taking place. The kitchen area has also been fitted!

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14 May – The cementing works have now reached the top floor, filling the central reservations which run the length of the building.

The crane below supports piping which feeds the cement into the cavity. The second and third image below show the filled cavities on the ground floor and first floor respectively.

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Along the corridors, work continues to plaster walls, create doorways and paint the interiors.

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In Minster House, the interior finishing is approaching a more advanced stage. As you can see by the images below, the corridors and lifts are looking fantastic and the observation suites and offices have entered the painting stage with the ceiling tiles ready to be placed.

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7 May – Today marks the start of the cementing works for the floors. This is a complex and precise exercise to fill the cavities in the flooring now the drainage and support structures are in place. This image shows the cavity on the first floor:

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Liquid cement is pumped from the tankers below directly into the cavity.

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This is a delicate exercise and once the cement nears the top, the rest is filled manually to ensure an even surface throughout. This process is then replicated on every floor. It is anticipated that the floors will take one week to complete.

The below image shows the vast cabling being placed in the building. The laboratories will house cutting-edge electrical equipment, so the electrical network to support the various machines is substantial.  The cable ducts feed every single room in the building and will carry ICT network and telephony cables as well as power.

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The image below shows the Joseph Banks and Minister House placing on campus. As you can see, the campus will spread just beyond the Think Tank and Pavilions student accommodation.

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28 April – Minster House is really taking shape now, with the second stage electrical works nearing completion and heating, lighting and door frames all being fitted.

These images show the cabling in place and the ceiling tile frames ready for fitting.

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This image shows the area which will be used for canine observation.
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Inside the Joseph Banks Building, each floor is at a slightly different stage. This ground floor image shows the complex network of air ventilation pipes:

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The floors are also receiving their data cabling now. Some 35,000m of cabling will be used within the building! A large proportion of the plastering has also been completed.

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15 April – The Project Steering Group visited the building site to look at the latest updates on the Joseph Banks Laboratories and Minister House.

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Henry Boot colleagues escorted the team around the site. The latest works show the data cables being readied, plastering of the walls, painting and flooring preparation:

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As an additional surprise, Minster House has already attracted more local wildlife:

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4 April – The interior of Minster House are being plastered and painted now the boarding is up. The building is really taking shape now:

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Inside the Joseph Banks Building, data cables are being placed and the interior walls are going up quickly. The views across the building show temporary access whilst the main corridors are being finished.

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17 March – The internal walls are going up across both buildings, with the majority of building activity focusing on providing drainage and electrical supply ducts. The images below show the works within the Joseph Banks Laboratories:

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These images show Minister House’s interior works:

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7 March – The interior walls are the main focus this week, with work to supply power and drainage the order of the day. The staircase to the basement has also been fitted.

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21 February – Work on the interior has really stepped up now that Henry Boot PLC have come on site. Their work will be to build the interior walls and finishes in the Joseph Banks Building and Minister House.

We’ve had our first glimpse of Life Sciences with the Buildings!

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The images below show the views from the roof overlooking the Pavilions and Brayford Campus:

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The entrance to Joseph Banks truly looks fabulous:

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Internally, Joseph Banks’ entrance is looking near completion, and work continues to build the laboratory spaces in the main wings of the building (last image in this section).

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Inside Minster House, it is a similar story as the walls are being placed and air controls are fitted:

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7 February – Updates will appear more regularly now the majority of shell had core has been completed.

The external views show the Joseph Banks building’s true potential, with the helix design now complete:

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The entrance point is stunning and keeps the original 1950s feature, but with a modern twist:

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The work for the labs and office spaces continue apace:

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The Boardroom:

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Things are also progressing nicely within the sister building, Minster House. A new entrance point has been added to make the space more inviting:

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Inside, the interior work will begin shortly:

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16 December – Shell and Core is nearly complete, with the exterior helices placed and window frames set. Work to complete the rear extension is almost finished, and the project will enter the interior fit out in January. The interior fit out will include the wall building, floor finishing, painting and decorating and the installation of new equipment. Exciting times!

Here are the latest exterior shots:

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Internally, the new extension provides fantastic lighting and a sense of space:

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The main building still looks rather bare, but it will really take shape in the New Year when the interior works begin.

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However, new toilets, lifts and kitchen areas already look well under way:

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Lastly, this is inside the helix facade to house the building’s services and mechanical ventilation.

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25 October – Work will continue on Shell and Core until December, but real visual change is beginning to take place on site.

The extensions to sides of the building are coming along apace, and the entrance is also taking shape.

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Minster House is also coming along nicely, with new exteriors and windows now being fitted:

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20 September – The Shell and Core progress has continued across the site since the last update, with the new windows now in place and the steel structures underway.

The front of the building Joseph Banks Building has progressed well and will offer a really impressive welcome to the Science Park as you walk in:

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The rear of the building will house additional space and you can see the steel frame in place:

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The sister building, currently named Minster House, has been fully gutted as you can see below:

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6 August 2013 – Dr. Enrico Ferrari in the School of Life Sciences took this great photo of fully stripped-out JBL on Saturday. The Nucleus will attach to the central core on this south side of the building. Thanks Enrico!

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18 July 2013 – the latest photos show the shell and core works progressing. The past couple of weeks have focussed on piling for the extensions on either side of the Joseph Banks building and at the front.

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Work has also taken place to remove the old windows from the building and replace with new frames.

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9 May 2013 – demolition work in Minster House and the JBL’s wings is now complete, with approximately one week’s work remaining in the JBL’s core. Design and procurement of both buildings’ scientific fitout, computing infrastructure, mechanical and electrical services, finishes and furniture continues.

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25 April 2013 – demolition works in both buildings are now well advanced, with detailed design of the University’s fitout works progressing in parallel. Here are some shots of both buildings showing the progress of demolition work so far:

 

 

 

 

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