Excellence in Engineering


University of Kent

The Ingram building was built in the mid 1960’s and is home to the School of Physical Sciences. Since its construction, the teaching laboratories have remained largely unchanged and required major refurbishment to bring the facilities up to date.

Crofton was commissioned to provide structural engineering services as part of the remodelling works for a new wet and dry laboratory, and support services to the existing teaching area. The works also encompassed a general physics laboratory for 130 people, an analytical laboratory and an electronics/forensic laboratory for 100 people.

The structures team was also responsible for the extension of the plant room on the single storey roof. This included the structural appraisal for the roof structure extension and reconstruction of the plant room at roof level. In order to achieve this, the roof required strengthening in penetration for ventilation ductwork.

Crofton also provided detailed design for below ground – drainage alterations and the provision of an external gas bottle storage area.

Inside, a total re-fit of the laboratory took place, with new laboratory furniture, the installation of new windows/doors, upgrade of the building fabric and all building services.