The University of Salford’s ground-breaking ‘Science, Engineering and Education (SEE) Building’ has earned the prestigious ‘Client of the Year’ accolade at the 17th annual North West Regional Construction Awards.
The SEE Building – a £65 million state-of-the-art hub for discovery and innovation – houses the Built Environment, Computer Science and Networking, Mechanical Engineering, and Human & Natural Science departments, alongside the Morson Maker Space – an additive manufacturing and digital fabrication facility.
Managed by Morgan Sindall Construction, designed by architect Sheppard Robson and installed by Metclad, The SEE Building, uses over 5500m2 of Sotech’s Optima TFC+ cladding and adds a striking presence to Salford University’s Peel Park campus.
Judges from the Construction Awards praised the university’s proactive role in transforming construction operations, emphasising how its approach to risk management across the supply chain enabled the delivery of innovative and environmentally friendly solutions.
The project’s success is attributed to a fully collaborative multidisciplinary team approach, adhering to the principles outlined in the Construction Playbook. The utilisation of the NEC4 procurement contract from the pre-construction phase onward allowed for efficient project delivery and a comprehensive ‘cradle-to-grave’ BIM implementation.
The SEE Building’s award-winning design features a vibrant and bold facade, complemented by a strong commitment to sustainability. Solar panels, rainwater harvesting systems, and energy-efficient lighting contribute to a reduced carbon footprint, reflecting the university’s dedication to environmental stewardship and sustainable practices.
Jamie Brown, Business Development Manager of Sotech, commended the close collaboration that ensured timely and budget-friendly project execution. He highlighted the project’s intricate window interface details, showcasing the versatility of rainscreen cladding while adhering to fully CWCT tested and accredited systems.
The award ceremony, held in partnership with Constructing Excellence in the North West, took place at The Titanic Hotel, Liverpool, and saw over 390 construction professionals from the region in attendance.
The recognition highlights The University of Salford’s commitment to being at the forefront of progressive and sustainable educational infrastructure, as the ‘Science, Engineering & Environment Building’ stands as an inspiring symbol of the potential that emerges when academia, industry, and sustainability unite.
For more details about the award-winning project, visit this link: https://sotech-optima.co.uk/science-engineering-environment-building-salford-university/
To learn more about Constructing Excellence North West Region and other winners, visit http://www.constructionawardsnw.co.uk/winners.php