Delegation standing on rooftop of Molecular Sciences Building
Members of staff, students and VIP external guests attended the Molecular Sciences topping out ceremony

The topping out of the Molecular Sciences Building marks the latest step in the investment of the £80 million creation of this flagship project, which will provide a designated hub for the University’s Schools of Chemistry, and Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (GEES).

Completing in 2024, the Molecular Sciences building will strengthen core research capabilities in the chemical, environmental and biomolecular sciences, fostering an environment for carrying out world-class research and education.

Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Birmingham, carried out the ceremonial duties. 

“We are committed to providing the best facilities for staff and students. This building demonstrates our dedication to providing a vibrant space to encourage new ways of thinking, encouraging interdisciplinary work and new opportunities amongst our researchers, industry and partner institutions. I am delighted to have been joined by our staff, students and key partners at today’s event.”

Professor Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Birmingham

Richard Fielding, area director at Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be a part of this important project with The University of Birmingham. This state-of-the-art facility ensures the city region will be at the forefront of physical sciences at a time when these specialisms are in real demand. We’d like to thank everyone involved in the project so far and it was fantastic to mark the progress to date with the topping out ceremony.”

The project is due for completion in 2024 and marks the third major partnership between the University of Birmingham and Morgan Sindall Construction, alongside the Collaborative Teaching Laboratory (CTL), which was completed in 2018 and the University House extension.