M-SParc

M-SParc’s flagship building, still under construction and the first of eight buildings planned for the site

Date

14 January 2018

Location

Gaerwen, Anglesey
SH 49110 72048; 53.22397°N, 4.26166°W

Information

Plans for the 7.8-hectare Menai Science Parc (M-SParc) were submitted in December 2014 with Anglesey Council granting outline permission in May 2015. The Welsh Government provided £10 million of funding with a further £10 million grant from the EU’s European Regional Development Funding allowing the first phase of the development to proceed. Construction started in 2016.

The flagship building, one of a planned total of eight on the park, was designed by Newcastle-based architects FaulknerBrowns and will provide 5,000 square metres of office, laboratory and workshop space to a number of business tenants. It is planned to open in April 2018.

The M-SParc company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Bangor University.

Further Reading

M-SParc

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Environment Centre Wales

Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University

Environment Centre Wales, Bangor University

Date

18 April 2015
Location

Bangor

SH 57710 71943; 53.22540°N, 4.13288°W

Information

The School of Biological Sciences is housed in three adjacent blocks in Bangor University’s Deiniol Road site: the Brambell Building, Environment Centre Wales, and the Memorial Building. Environment Centre Wales is a joint venture between the Natural Environment Research Council’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Bangor University. The purpose-built facility, designed by architects Fairhursts Design Group, was completed in 2007 at a cost of £5.8 million and was opened the following year by Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The building, set in landscaped surroundings, houses state-of-the-art laboratories and was designed with the aim of reducing its impact on the environment. Its environmentally friendly features include: ground-source heat pumps for air conditioning; generation of solar electricity; recovery of rainwater; and a combined heat and power (CHP) plant for more efficient use of fossil fuels.

Further Reading

Prime Minister Gordon Brown opens new ‘Environment Centre Wales’ (NERC);
School of Biological Sciences (Bangor University)

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Brambell Natural History Museum

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Common Chimpanzee

Date

18 April 2015
Location

Bangor

SH 57710 71943; 53.22540°N, 4.13288°W

Information

By 1887 a museum had been established in Bangor University’s first premises – the Old Penrhyn Arms Hotel – and this was used as a permanent home for the rock and mineral collection belonging to the university’s first Professor of Chemistry and Geology, James Dobbie. Bangor University’s Natural History Museum is now housed in the School of Biological Sciences’ Brambell Building. The collection is not normally open to the public, but an open day was organised under the auspices of the Engaging Collections: Widening Access to Gwynedd’s Heritage project. This is a joint initiative between the university and Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery and received a £1.4 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2013. As part of the project, the Bishop’s Palace in Bangor, which dates back to the 16th century, will be renovated as a new home for Gwynedd Museum, which came close to closure in 2009, but was saved following a public campaign. The initiative is also allowing management of the university’s collections to be improved, with further open days planned for the future.

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