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Chemistry of Health


Chemistry of Health is a new £15M research laboratory built for the University of Cambridge. It is located in what was a gap site behind the existing main chemistry department and will house the Centre for Protein Mis-folding Diseases. It will conduct research into Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Type 2 Diabetes and other related diseases.

The project involved a complex enabling works element to unlock the site, with upgrades and alterations to the main high voltage infrastructure and the bulk liquid nitrogen system being required. Careful planning and regular liaison with the users ensured that the necessary works could be carried out with minimum impact to the ongoing operation of the laboratory. The project is targeting BREEAM Excellent, with BREEAM Assessment duties also being carried out by KJ Tait Engineers.

KJ Tait Engineers has also been involved in a series of energy efficiency initiatives within the laboratory, principally examining the fume exhaust system, including the study and implementation of a wind responsive fume exhaust system. These initiatives have delivered approximately £80k worth of annual savings which have a return on investment period of 4 years.

KJ Tait Engineers originated the MEP BIM model and developed the detail from concept through to publishing our LOD4 model at the beginning of Stage 5 when the Contractor takes ownership of our model and developed it to fabrication and installation status. Throughout the design stage, we regularly exchanged models with the Project Team using the common data environment and carried out clash detection exercises using the federated models. We collaborated with the Team to develop the BIM Execution Plan and assisted the Employer in formulating their Employer’s Information Requirements. Asset data was included within the model for main MEP elements and was utilised for scheduling.