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Quietest building opens

Bristol University’s Centre for Nanoscience and Quantum Information has opened, hailed as a breakthrough invibration-free design, by Capita Architecture.

“The quietest building in the world”, the £11M centre is intended for tests that require virtually zero vibrations and air movements.

Built by Wilmott Dixon Construction, the building’s curved Portuguese limestone frontage displays a sequence of numbers first created in 1202 by Italian mathematician Leonardo Fibonacci.

The centre contains an anechoic chamber, two cleanrooms and wet, optical and low-vibration laboratories. It will offer opportunities for the development of future computing, communications and health technologies, as well as advanced materials such as those used in the aerospace industry.

The atrium is configured as a ‘bucky ball’, a football-like molecular structure made from carbon atoms and named after Richard Buckminster Fuller.

The low-noise area for engineering and nano-surgery is contained in a basement, where a suite of ultra-low vibration nanoscience laboratories are anchored directly to the underlying rock stratum.

Capita Architecture’s Iain Martin, says: “The NS&QI building is a beautiful and complex building amalgamating both art and science in a harmonious composition.

“It is technically complex and has exceeded expectations by becoming “the quietest building in the world” in terms of vibration performance. For the scientists the building is beautiful for this reason alone!”

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