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MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute – Capella Project

Lead Contractor: Kier Construction

M&E Contractor: Shepherd Engineering Services

Consulting Engineers: ARUP

Completed: 2018

Critical Airflow Europe (CAE) have secured a second project for the University of Cambridge for the new £79 Million Capella Project (CAE) will provide an Aircuity Laboratory Demand Control Ventilation (DCV) system which accurately measures airborne contaminants on a continuous basis and provides the Building Automation System with accurate data to ensure that proper ventilation is maintained. Aircuity works on the principle if the air is clean, ventilation is reduced, saving significant amounts of energy. When issues are detected such as contamination of the laboratory air, ventilation rates are raised to design maximums until the air is clean.

The Aircuity system monitors environmental parameters and adjusts air supply and exhaust delivery based upon indoor contaminant levels and thermal load. The automated system samples and analyses packets of air which are routed to a centralized suite of sensors. The system provides input to the building ventilation systems to optimize indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency.

The new building, sited adjacent to Addenbrookes Hospital, and due for completion in 2018, will allow all CSCI groups to work together in one place. The result is a fully integrated, vibrant and cohesive stem cell community integrated within a purpose-built building therefore enabling the scientists to capitalise on its unique intellectual and clinical environment. Being based at the Addenbrooke’s hospital site will allow for greater collaboration between scientists and clinicians and further advance the application of stem cell discoveries into the patient setting.