A building site for the future

This Is Wiltshire: The University of Bath has constructed a research facility at Wroughton Science Museum which will cost £1m and will be called The Hive.  From left, head of site Matt Moore, project manager Eve Walkden, the lead academic at Bath University Mike Lawrence a The University of Bath has constructed a research facility at Wroughton Science Museum which will cost £1m and will be called The Hive. From left, head of site Matt Moore, project manager Eve Walkden, the lead academic at Bath University Mike Lawrence a

A PIONEERING research facility at the Science Museum in Wroughton, which will change the face of construction, is nearing completion.

The HIVE – the first building to reach completion at the University of Bath’s Building Research Park near the museum – celebrated its latest milestone at a topping-out ceremony yesterday, which marked the finish of the centre’s roof.

Once completed, academic and industry partners will use the facility to test low carbon construction materials and systems in order to reduce the environmental impact of buildings in the future.

Dr Mike Lawrence, of the University of Bath and director of the BRP, said: “I’m really excited to be holding the topping-out ceremony because it’s the first milestone to a research facility that will make a real difference to construction in the UK and the world.

“It’s also very exciting for the University of Bath that this project is now coming to a reality.

“We are very excited to launch our first piece of research with HEMPSEC. The Building Research Park is a pioneering site which will speed up the delivery to market of future energy-efficient construction materials and systems.”

Construction of the £1m project funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) began in April and is expected to be completed later this month.

Eve Walkden, project manager at the HIVE, said: “It’s been going really, really well and it’s a really exciting project to be working on.

“The work that will be done here will really change how we build things and the materials we use, and already there has been a lot of interest in using the facility and how we can make it suit research better.

“This is definitely a milestone along the way and it’s very exciting to get this far and get closer to opening the new facility. Now the construction is nearly done it’s all about starting to get working.”

The new building has eight individual cells carefully constructed to be completely insulated from each other, each with a single face left exposed to the external environment. The faces are used to install walls made from a whole range of materials and construction systems, and the performance of these walls is evaluated in real life conditions.

The museum is leasing the land to the university at a peppercorn rent to encourage the development of sustainable construction materials.

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12:54pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Ollie Dognacky says...

A lot of back scratching then?
Score +157 👍
A lot of back scratching then? Score +157 👍 Ollie Dognacky
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2:10pm Tue 15 Jul 14

messyits says...

Maybe why that is why they want to build the giant solar farm--claimed to be top quality panels made by SCS--that means inferior Chinese panels just filmed over here. All to provide power for locals--really? Wait for the wind turbines to arrive?
Maybe why that is why they want to build the giant solar farm--claimed to be top quality panels made by SCS--that means inferior Chinese panels just filmed over here. All to provide power for locals--really? Wait for the wind turbines to arrive? messyits
  • Score: -4

8:35pm Tue 15 Jul 14

villageoldman says...

Well that's going to attract loads of visitors ..oh forgot , museum not a museum ,only a storage facility . Bring back the air / car shows..
Well that's going to attract loads of visitors ..oh forgot , museum not a museum ,only a storage facility . Bring back the air / car shows.. villageoldman
  • Score: 7

10:00pm Tue 15 Jul 14

messyits says...

villageoldman wrote:
Well that's going to attract loads of visitors ..oh forgot , museum not a museum ,only a storage facility . Bring back the air / car shows..
Don't be silly--the council do not want anyone to have good events.
[quote][p][bold]villageoldman[/bold] wrote: Well that's going to attract loads of visitors ..oh forgot , museum not a museum ,only a storage facility . Bring back the air / car shows..[/p][/quote]Don't be silly--the council do not want anyone to have good events. messyits
  • Score: -3

10:21pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Localboy86 says...

You guys forget that although china are very good at producing things, we invent them here. This is good news for the town.
You guys forget that although china are very good at producing things, we invent them here. This is good news for the town. Localboy86
  • Score: 3

10:29pm Tue 15 Jul 14

messyits says...

Localboy86 wrote:
You guys forget that although china are very good at producing things, we invent them here. This is good news for the town.
We may invent--but not solar power--the Chinese copy and cheapen. However they did invent glass that heats water from the suns rays to run turbines for power in a 2 mile high building .
[quote][p][bold]Localboy86[/bold] wrote: You guys forget that although china are very good at producing things, we invent them here. This is good news for the town.[/p][/quote]We may invent--but not solar power--the Chinese copy and cheapen. However they did invent glass that heats water from the suns rays to run turbines for power in a 2 mile high building . messyits
  • Score: -6

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