Graphene Engineering and Innovation Centre is a new £60m engineering centre providing industry-led development in graphene applications at Manchester University. It is to become an international flagship centre for high-tech scientific research in the country.
The key areas within the new building include pilot productions, characterisation and material development. Additions to the internal development works also took place to the exterior of the building including a new pedestrian walkway and public space.
Working alongside the contractor, Furnitubes provisioned a number of AKRI raised planter beds for the scheme, the flexibility of the product permitted the creation of a unique stepped solution that was required at specific intervals in the planter to allow for the various changes in levels.
A total of 26 metres of AKRI retaining walls were provided in heights of 670mm to accommodate the stepped solution, each planter comprising two internal soil retaining supports to provide increased strength to retain the contents.
A return fold with additional anti-skates outlined the rim of the planters to maximise strength and not form a potential harmful edge.
AKRI provides a modular and attractive planting solution in the public space, creating an inviting entrance for visitors and staff of the new Engineering and Innovation Centre.
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