Project Description

LJMU Max Perutz Life Science Building Refurbishment and New Build

Sectors: Education
Client: Liverpool John Moores University


Refurbishment and new build providing state of the art laboratory facilities for almost all cellular and molecular research as well as teaching
space, office space and home office licenced specialist live life science research.

The fully refurbished building fulfilled the following key objectives for the client:

• To provide high tech, high quality, flexible and future proofed accommodation in line with the S-labs initiative and principles.
• To be low maintenance, sustainable in its construction and to reduce the overall Byrom St Campus carbon footprint.
• To be fully accessible to people with disabilities.
• To be fully compliant with statutory legislation.
• To allow for specialist activities to be clustered in one location.
• To provide headroom for growth in programme delivery and research outputs.

The building’s design and construction incorporated many sustainable elements and concepts including a state of the art integrated
services system, an external aluminium over cladding system, low energy electrical components, a substantial reduction in waste by
reusing the existing foundations, structural frame and floors and by working closely with the client’s team to ensure the products specified
integrated fully with the clients’ Carbon Management Plan and fully embrace the S-labs initiative and principles.

Challenges On Site

We worked closely with our supply chain to ensure the programme was monitored, developed and protected and we addressed site issues and unforeseen
circumstances by promoting viable mutually beneficial solutions to protect the final outcome without compromising the quality of the end product or indeed
site safety.

Why Hightown Group?

It’s not just the experience that we have with managing new builds and refurbishments that sets us apart. We’re committed to being a transparent business that is fully customer focused and delivers on expectations. That’s one of the reasons why many of our clients come back to us again and again.

Not only do we believe in delivering the best, we’re a family owned business that cares passionately about the environment. All our practices and processes have sustainability running through them, whether that’s sourcing the right materials from local suppliers or ensuring that all our waste is recycled or repurposed rather than disposed of in landfill.

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“AG Hill Chartered Building Services Engineers have worked successfully with Hightown Construction on several projects across the University spectrum. Hightown proved that they are very client orientated and non-contractual, open to advice and ideas from outside of their structure with a very flexible and progressive attitude to construction delivery, more akin to the partnering arrangements suggested by Latham as the ideal methodology with which to approach construction, as opposed to the more common adversarial method”.

Allan Hill C.Eng., MCIBSE, MSLL, A.G. Hill Chartered Building Services Engineers
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