Reckitt Benckiser Scientific Facility

We are pleased to announce that Hurley Palmer Flatt have been appointed to work on RB’s new £100m Global Centre for Scientific Excellence in Hull.

The circa 140,000ft² (13,000m²), three storey state-of-the-art centre will provide the global consumer health and hygiene company with new R&D laboratories and testing chambers. The project incorporates two new build facilities – a global healthcare technical centre of excellence, an energy centre and sensitive refurbishments to existing facilities, including a grade II listed monument.

hurleypalmerflatt has been appointed to join a technical team that also includes Groma Consulting (Project Manager), PM Devereux (Architect), Aecom (Cost Consultant), Capita (Structural Engineers) and Orbit (Workspace Consultant).

The new UK centre will be one of seven major R&D facilities worldwide, and will function as the global technical innovation hub for RB products including Nurofen and Strepsils.

hurleypalmerflatt director, Adrian Gray, comments, “RB’s prestigious new Global Centre for Scientific Excellence really plays to our expertise, particularly in relation to work on technically advanced facilities and specifically laboratories, an area in which we have plans to expand.”

“We’ll be bringing the same high quality engineering design that we demonstrate on other technical projects, such as data centres, and will accordingly provide resilient design solutions that will ensure the systems will be efficiently and easily maintained on this complex project.”

“We’ll also bring our expertise in sustainability to the project, providing a detailed analysis of the centre’s energy requirements, and the preparation of a detailed energy strategy that is intended to minimise consumption. With the new energy centre, we will be exploring a wide range of energy saving measures, such as options for utilising natural waste from the facility”.

The facility will have strong sustainability credentials, with opportunities to include combined heat and power, photo voltaic, adiabatic cooling and LED lighting into the final designs. The scheme is currently at the concept design stage.

The project will be submitted for planning approval in July 2015, with construction set to commence in the second quarter of 2016.