Brunel University London, BCAST Advanced Metals Casting Centre, Brunel University London

The new Brunel Centre for Advanced Solidification Technology (BCAST) Advanced Metals Casting Centre (AMCC) research laboratory, for Brunel University London bridges the gap between fundamental research and industrial applications. Through scientific, technological, environmental and economic challenges, it supports the UK manufacturing sector by conducting high-level academic research and industrial development in resource efficient processing of high performance aluminium for automotive applications.

Located within the Uxbridge Campus’ science park, the 1,455m² building comprises of a clear span research laboratory, designed to accommodate industrial sized specialist research equipment. The sustainable design includes over 300m² of roof mounted solar PV arrays providing 25% of the building’s energy requirements.

The Pascall+Watson team are now delivering the next phase; a new 1,400m² Advanced Metals Processing Centre (AMPC) facility, which will provide an additional provision for automotive and new material research.

The AMCC and AMPC projects are supported with research funding totalling £118m, which our work has assisted the university to gain from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Innovate UK, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England together with their industrial partners and Brunel University London.

Value: £6.8m