Work begins on £26 million building named after physicist James Clerk Maxwell.
Work has begun on a centrepiece building created to pioneer revolutionary “blue skies” research and industrial partnership in the physical sciences.
The start of construction on the £26 million Maxwell Centre marks a crucial early stage of a major move into new facilities for the staff of the Cavendish Laboratory.
Once completed in 2015 the building will offer laboratory and meeting spaces for more than 230 people.
The new facilities will see research scientists from industry occupying laboratory and desk space alongside the Cambridge research groups, with the aim of creating a two-way flow of ideas and exposing the best early career researchers to scientific problem-solving that relates directly to industrial need.
“This building will affect how we work together and promote the free-flow of ideas, providing the right sort of meeting places for people to generate innovative research,” said Professor Sir Richard Friend, Cavendish Professor of Physics, who will be the first Director of the Centre.
“The Maxwell Centre design means it is a building that brings in other departments such as Chemistry and Material Sciences.”
“It will also very much promote engagement with industry, large and small, showing that we recognise industry as a source of intellectual innovation.”
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